Gender equality

  • 2017 - Ongoing

In 2017 the UK brought in mandatory gender pay gap reporting for all employers with 250 or more staff. We know that the UK’s gender pay gap sits around 17.3% overall. But what can be done about it? 

In partnership with the Government Equalities Office, BIT established the Gender and Behavioural Insights (GABI) Programme to answer this question: what actions can employers take to close the gender pay gap? 

Working over the past 3 years, with £2.8m of funding and academic advice from Professor Iris Bohnet at the Harvard Kennedy School, we have generated:

  • An accessible evidence-based guide for employers on the steps they can take to improve gender equality in their organisations
  • 12 partnerships with private and public sector partners to co-design and test new interventions that have the potential to narrow the gap, many of which are now in the field
  • Results from a randomised controlled trial involving over 50,000 employers in partnership with the global job site Indeed where we increased the rate of employers advertising flexible jobs by 20% and also grew their applicant pools by 30%
  • A new finding that employers can drive up attraction of women to their senior roles by 20% if they advertise all vacancies as part-time or open to job-share by default.