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Gender Pay Gap Expert says: Let's empower men to become 'Pay Equality Allies'


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Gender Pay Gap Expert says we must empower men to become "Pay Equality Allies"

Millennial Entrepreneur, Jessica Lorimer is available for comment on the gender pay gap following appearances on Good Morning Britain ITV, Channel 5 and LBC. She says we can use these statistics to encourage women to havethatpay rise conversation.

  • TV Spokesperson Jessica Lorimer has put her money where her mouth is and left corporate inequality pay structures to become her own boss and grow a six-figure business in less than three years.
  • Following several years working at the top of her game in corporate sales, Jessica Lorimer saw first-hand how entrenched the secrecy is surrounding salaries, commissions and other earnings.
  • Lorimer is frank about the gender pay gap and stated before yesterday's deadline revealed the extent of firms paying their women less than their men, that even companies reputed for their equality were doing this.


Jessica comments:

"When we look at the results from the gender pay gap, I see a huge opportunity for women to step up and start asking for equality when it comes to financial compensation. The recent results (although imperfect) have found an average of 14% pay gap between men and women in firms across the UK. It's my opinion that now, more than ever, we need to empower and encourage women to have the 'pay rise' conversation - and empower all men to become allies of pay equality."

"The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings has only been conducted by the Office of National Statistics since 1997 - so we only have ten years of data to really discuss what the gender pay gap looks like for women in 2017.

And according to their data, we've seen a year on year decrease in the gender pay gap.

But for real women, outside of the parameters of a tick box survey, life with the gender pay gap looks very different. Women in large corporate companies have been penalised financially simply for being women. The 2017 Annual Survey shows that the gender pay gap for high earners fluctuates regularly between 18.9 - 20%, and that the low earners/ part time workers has decreased from a 5% difference to 4.9%.

However, it's not the percentage that is the problem. It's the fact that in 2017, in an age of equality between race, gender and sexuality that we are still seeing women penalised by the salary system - even in companies that promote gender equality.

We have to look openly at mitigating factors (such as the number/ percentage of women who work part time due to child care commitments) but we also have to look at the ages that the pay gap rises exponentially. Up until the ages of 35-39, the gender pay gap is relatively low. In fact 16-17 year olds are not affected by the pay gap at all. But when a woman enters the age bracket 35-39, the gender pay gap poses a bigger problem.

Simply put, this means that as women rise through corporate rank structure, they start to lose out on equal pay. Meaning that although they contribute all of the skills required in their role to ensure the profitability of their organisation, they don't receive fair pay for their efforts.

Having worked in the corporate world, I can say that secrecy around pay was nothing new.

Over the next few years that I spent in the corporate world however, I saw secrecy around salaries, signed contracts that asked me not to disclose my salary, commissions or earnings to other employees and had conversations in bars with former colleagues that showed that sometimes pay scales weren't always fair".



Jessica Lorimer, Sales and leadership expert, is an in-demand speaker in the entrepreneurial world and also as a TV commentator. Her current book, Smart Leaders Sell is currently ranking as a no.1 Amazon Best-seller.

Following a successful corporate career, Jessica Lorimer launched her business, Smart Leaders Sell, and rocketed it to a multi-six figure coaching and consultancy business in less than 3 years. She was ideally placed to share her expertise after her corporate success as one of the industry's highest performing award-winning sales people.

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Press Contact:

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Tel: 07711 419595


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