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- 15th Sep 2020
Encouraging compliance with the gender pay gap regulations: a letter trial
New legislation came into force in April 2018 requiring all UK organisations with 250 employees or more to report their annual gender pay gap (GPG) figures to the public through a designated government website. Ahead of this, BIT worked with the Government Equalities Office to test whether different messages were…
Laura is an Advisor at BIT Canada. Prior to joining BIT, Laura worked on the behavioural insights team of a mobile health app, integrating behavioural science theories and techniques into digital public health programming, and has worked in various research labs on topics such as physical activity and nutrition. Laura…
- 17th Nov 2020
Switching the default to advertise part-time working boosts applications from women by 16%
The difference in pay between women and men tends to increase sharply after the birth of a woman’s first child. Women are much more likely than men to move to part-time working, often to balance home and care responsibilities. Once women move to part-time roles, they often fail to progress…
- 15th Dec 2020
Unconscious bias and diversity training – the evidence
The corporate buzzwords of the moment: unconscious bias and diversity training. These training programmes have been introduced to organisations across the world over decades, with high hopes that they will make workplaces more inclusive. In the US alone, companies spend $8billion a year on diversity training. But do they work? This…
- 6th Jan 2021
BIT Goes to Washington
It’s now one year since BIT set up its office in Washington, DC - we reflect on establishing ourselves in this new market in an exciting but unusual time.
- 23rd Feb 2021
What impact does remote working have on workplace sexist and sexually harassing behaviours?
Everyone should be valued and treated as equal regardless of gender. Yet in too many workplaces, sexist behaviours and sexual harassment are still a problem. In Australia, one in three people have been sexually harassed in the workplace in the past 5 years. Reducing sexist behaviours and sexual harassment in…
Tom is a Senior Research Advisor in the Environment, Productivity, Innovation and Consumers team. Prior to joining BIT, Tom worked as an independent economics consultant for various clients, including the World Bank and UK Government. He has worked on research projects in the UK and internationally covering topics in public…
- 4th Mar 2021
BIT’s biggest trial so far encourages more flexible jobs and applications
We wanted to see if we could encourage employers to advertise more jobs with flexible working options. 20 million job applications passed through this RCT - making it one of the biggest experimental social policy trials ever published.
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- 5th Mar 2021
New wave of 174,000 flexible jobs would boost post-COVID gender equality
BIT analysed more than 780,000 job postings on Indeed.co.uk by 100,000 employers and found that prompting employers to clearly advertise flexible working options led to a 20% increase in the number of jobs advertised as flexible.
- 8th Mar 2021
Who is more likely to apply for flexible jobs - men or women?
Women are twice as likely to work flexibly compared to men - with women with children being the most likely to make use of flexible work arrangements. Consequently, many assumptions are made about part-time and flexible roles. Part-time positions in particular have become conflated with an unhelpful and inaccurate stereotype…