About ZeroGPG

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About ZeroGPG

The gender pay gap (GPG) is the difference between men’s and women’s pay, based on the average difference in gross hourly earnings of all employees. Despite decades of anti-discrimination laws and changes in the policies of companies and businesses worldwide, women are still not earning as much as men do in the workplace. The GPG is a complex problem calling for multi-level solutions. Major factors leading to GPG are: Discrimination in the workplace, Workplace practices and pay systems, Undervaluation of women’s work and skills, Few women in senior and leadership positions, Gender roles and traditions and the need to Balance work and family responsibilities.

The zeroGPG project addresses the GPG issue, using a trans-national approach with different stakeholder types, such as NGOs, Women counseling centers and research institutions that work together to contribute to tackle pay inequalities.

In this context, zeroGPG aims to establish, not only a network of associates that will work together, but also a pan-European portal that will bring together all sector stakeholders, such as women, employees, employers, NGOs, public authorities, training providers, researchers and business associations. Additionally, the initial research conducted by the project partners will allow measuring the GPG in a more precise way and identifying the sources of the problem, taking under consideration also the psychological dimension of the issue. The study will assist in the identification of possible ways of dealing with the problem in a targeted manner and to identify possible improvements to existing frameworks likely to lead to a significant reduction in the pay gap.

Based on the results of initial studies, the project will also raise awareness on the issue and on the tangible benefits of closing the GPG for all target groups, through conferences, equal pay days and also “train the trainer” seminars for creating “project result multipliers.

Finally, the zeroGPG software tool produced in the framework of the project, has a significant value for the targeted priority area, since it will allow SMEs to check their pay policy and evaluate the possible source of inequalities. It will also provide the possibility to check employee skills with respect to his/her job description and evaluate the match between them.

The project’s main target groups are a) women (employees or not) of various ages and professions, b) employers and c) Public authorities and policy makers. Women employees, but also women in general are obviously the largest and most important target group and audience of the project results. It is necessary to inform them about the GPG issue and provide them with realistic and tangible solutions for closing it. Employers are also a key target audience, since they are the group with the most direct power of reducing the GPG. Part of the problem is that they are not usually aware of the problem and of the benefits of reducing the GPG. Additionally, they do not possess the tools for measuring it in a simple way and understating its reasons. The effective response to the aforementioned needs is the main objective of the zeroGPG project. Public authorities and policy makers are also involved included in the zeroGPG target groups, not only for awareness raising issues, but also for presenting to them specific and successful measures that have been used in other countries to decrease the GPG.

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