A recent study by Google on salary inequity has revealed that men were paid less money than women for doing similar work, as opposed to the common belief that women were paid less.
Google’s lead analyst for pay equity and people analytics Lauren Barbato wrote in a blog post that one group of male software developers were given “less discretionary funds than women”.
The study included 91% of Google employees, and it later paid US$9.7 million in adjustments to a total of 10,677 staff.
Regarding this news, critics said the results could be misleading because the study did not address whether women were hired at a lower pay grade than men with similar qualifications.
“Because levelling, performance ratings and promotion impact pay, this year we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees,” Barbato said.
“Our first step is a levelling equity analysis to assess how employees are levelled when they are hired, and whether we can improve how we level.
“This expanded review is the next step in our commitment to paying fairly. We’ll keep working to improve our practices and to ensure that Google is a great place to work for everyone.”
Every year, Google conducts a pay equity analysis to make sure the modelled amounts are equitable across gender and racial lines. The model amounts are calculated algorithmically based on market rates, location, level and performance ratings.
The story was first reported by The New York Times.