The state of Georgia is a study in wage gap contradictions, notes Rebecca Henderson, CEO of Randstad Sourceright. In the city of Atlanta alone, women earn anywhere from 65 cents to 92 cents on the dollar in comparison to their male counterparts. There is one number that is consistent, however, and that is record low unemployment, which is now below 4%.
Employers in Georgia and across the nation are looking for ways to thrive within this tight labor market. Companies are beginning to realize that they need to invest in talent attraction and the employee experience. That includes creating a culture of gender equity, wage parity and diversity at the executive level.
The conditions are right; women should know their worth and have an opportunity to negotiate for higher salaries in the current environment. And, in this talent scarce market, employers would be wise to reconsider their policies on wages and other gender gap issues. Particularly as 80% of women recently surveyed by Randstad US said that they would leave their job for one with better gender equality.
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