The IPA has today (19 January 2017) released the first part of its annual diversity survey which looks at the gender balance, salary differentials and flexible working options of agencies. The Survey reveals deeper levels of agency engagement regarding diversity monitoring, but also that agencies must take more steps if the industry is to achieve gender parity at the C-suite level. The second part of the survey, looking at ethnic diversity, will be published next week (26 January).
This is the second time the IPA, in association with Campaign magazine, has run the survey. This year it has been broadened out to the wider IPA agency membership, with responses received from 131 agencies. This compares to last year where responses were only sought from the biggest 39 agencies with a gross income of £20m or more than 200 employees.
In light of the wider sample size, direct comparisons on year-on-year figures are not possible. There are, however, some key trends to emerge from 2016 data:
In addition to surveying its members, the IPA is continuing its drive to encourage agencies to ‘Make the Leap’, for which companies are asked to visit www.wewillmaketheleap.com to submit their pledge to aim for the following industry targets:
Says Tom Knox: “The purpose of the survey and the public announcement of IPA targets for diversity is to provoke debate and to get the subject firmly onto the agenda of all agencies.2016 will be remembered as a year when the issue of diversity rose to the top of the agenda, but if we are to achieve our targets of gender parity, now is the time to put these thoughts into action. I would therefore urge all agencies to check out the IPA’s diversity hub for simple, immediate ways to take those all important first steps to improving industry diversity.”
The final version of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 has been published, together with an explanatory memorandum. They will come into force on 5th April 2017, subject to parliamentary approval. Read the IPA’s Employment Law Alert to find out what this means for your agency.