100 Years of Women's Votes & Progress in Workplace
This week, we’re marking 100 years since women over 30 in the UK and meeting criteria, won the right to vote. It took another 10 years for all women over 21 to have the right to vote.
This didn't come without a struggle. Many women campaigned incredibly hard to make this happen, and women continue to campaign and quite rightly expect that everyone, irrespective of gender, should have the same opportunity to enjoy professional and personal success and satisfaction in the workplace.
To mark this important occasion, NGA HR is launching:
A Celebration of Women in the Global NGA HR Workplace
In this, we will look at the achievements of some women in NGA HR who have and continue to leave their mark on the HR and payroll world, a world that underpins the modern workplace.
The world is such a poignant word in this context. In 1918, we lived in a world where the benefits of free movement, affordable travel and the technology were not yet available.
In 2018, we have the travel, tools and technology to makes it possible for women to be successful on a global stage.
The future of work
Whilst we have seen great changes, even in the last five years, there are evolutions still to happen in the workplace.
Our objective as an employer is to continue to drive equal opportunities for all employees, current and future. In 2017, at least as many female colleagues were promoted as males and employee engagement is equal across the genders, according to the NGA HR Your Say survey, published in 2016.
As a business, we are focused on innovation; pioneering the design, build and delivery of HR and payroll solutions that provide granular visibility into the workplace and the analytics needed to ensure that all employees, irrespective of gender, nationality, age, ability, global location, are treated fairly and can enjoy the same career opportunities and aspirations.
Women’s working rights milestones of note
The Sex Discrimination Removal Act 1919 - women could no longer be disqualified from professions. It gave women access to the legal profession and accountancy for the first time. A very high percentage of the NGA HR finance and legal teams are women.
Equal Pay Act 1970 – influenced by the machinist strike highlighted in the film, Dagenham Girls.
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 - made it illegal to discriminate against women in work, education and training.
The Equal Pay (Amendment) Act 1983 - women and men to be paid the same for work of equal value.
The Equality Act 2010 – unified anti-discrimination laws.
Shared Parental Leave 2015 - parents are now able to share a 50-week 'pot' of leave.
Statutory Adoption leave and pay 2015 - brought in line with maternity leave and pay.
Gender Pay Gap reporting 2017 - a requirement for all large organisations to publish key wage information.