There are many reasons why the gender pay gap still persists and with the research strand of the project we were able to undertake four pieces of work to examine this.
This research has a valuable role to play in helping to unlock some of the reasons behind the gender pay gap and develop case studies and data related to Wales. This increased understanding adds valuable extra knowledge in helping to influence future planning amongst key decision makers in Wales.
The four pieces of research commissioned were:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ( STEM ), Gendered Horizons, Barriers to Modern Working Practices, and Pressures, Promotions, Pay Rises and Parity.
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ( STEM ) Report 2012.
The aim of this research was to understand the extent to which STEM skills were used and barriers that prevent women from using them either at all, or more extensively in the labour market.
Download the PDF file – Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ( STEM ) Report 2012.
Produced in 2013 with University of Derby this piece of research investigated boys’ and girls’ perceptions of job and career choices.
Download the PDF file – Gendered Horizons Boys’ and girls’ perceptions of job and career choices.
Barriers to Modern Working Practices.
Produced in 2014 with ARAD research to identify the barriers and benefits of implementing modern working practices.
Download the PDF file – Barriers to modern working practices for business in Wales.
Pressures, Promotions, Pay-rises and Parity.
A study exploring the barriers to women’s confidence and progression in the workplace.
Download the PDF file – Pressures, Promotions, Pay-rises and Parity.
My Agile Nation, Amy Kordiak.
Chwarae Teg’s Research, Transnational and Regional Manager.
Part of Amy’s role with Agile Nation was to manage the research programme for the project, as well at the Transnational programme and the North Wales Team.
My role in the Agile Nation project has been exceptionally diverse from working with the team to help women and business, establishing links with organisations across Europe through to managing the research programme.
This diversity has been truly rewarding and illustrates the scale and ambition of Agile Nation, and I feel it important to stress just how valuable it has been for the project to have had the capacity to undertake research.
There are many reasons why women are prevented from progressing in the workplace and why the gender pay gap persists.
On that basis I’ve been delighted to be able to commission four exciting and valuable studies that shed new light on some of these very real barriers that sadly endure to this day, despite the hard work that is going on to enable women in Wales to achieve and prosper.
This work is intended to be shared, after all the more people who read and act on the research the closer we’ll get to overcoming the barriers.
I’ve already been massively encouraged to see how well the research has been received and used by my colleagues in the Chwarae Teg Policy team along with other industry practitioners and I hope this work goes on to help influence positive change for women in our workplaces.
Final Project Evaluation Findings for Research.
The research commissioned as part of the Agile Nation project was examined as part of final evaluation of the project. With excerpts as follows:
The evaluation has shown that Agile Nation has a good grasp of how best to disseminate the messages emerging from research work. This has meant that the research reports are able to contribute to wider learning in the field of gender equality through being shared with Agile Nation participants, staff, stakeholder, sector skills councils, practitioners and other interested parties.
For each research output, Agile Nation considered the final and long term outcomes that should emerge from the work, which has meant that the research and dissemination wok can be focused and effective.
The research strand of the project has supported the delivery of high quality, mixed-method research outputs which have furthered understanding of the particular barriers encountered by women in the Welsh labour market.