Significant gender inequality in pay is considered as one of the most resilient features in the labor industry all over the world. Even if the gender pay gap has already narrowed in some countries, women continue to work for a much lower pay compared to men. Such trend continues regardless of the striking advances when it comes to women’s work experience as well as educational attainment.
Determining if two different jobs that are different in terms of its content have equal value will require some methods when comparing the job. Job evaluation methods are considered as the tools that help ascertain the relative value of the jobs. Thus, these can also determine whether the corresponding pay is just.
Job assessment methods must be free from any gender bias implications in order to have an objective as well as fair assessment of jobs. If these are not the case, the key dimensions of the jobs that are normally performed by women have a higher risk in being disregarded or perhaps values lower than those jobs typically performed by men. The results would involve the continuation of the undervaluation of the jobs for women and the reinforcement of gender pay gap.
There are a lot of advantages of having equal pay for work of equal value. First, this promotes more effective utilization of skills for both men and women. Additionally, this will have a positive impact on the female workers. Having equal pay for work with equal value also promotes better human resource management. In addition to this, better working relationships are promoted between male workers and female workers. Moreover, this promotes positive effects in terms of the reputation as well as the attractiveness of the business.