‘We cannot afford to be complacent about our efforts’
Motorola Solutions in Australia has unveiled plans to close its gender pay gap by 2020 after helping encourage gender equality in the country.
The telecoms company was recently cited as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for its efforts to promote the ideals of equality and equity.
Now, Motorola Solutions is eyeing an end to the company’s gender pay gap by next year as it remains an important issue for many Australian organisations. The country currently has a gender pay gap of 21.3%, placing it at 49th worldwide, according to the WGEA.
“Although we are delighted to earn a WGEA citation, we cannot afford to be complacent about our efforts so far,” said Elise Mann, human resources director at Motorola Solutions. “We have to sustain and improve opportunities and participation for women throughout our company.”
Mann added that Motorola Solutions has a broader responsibility to help drive change across the ICT sector as one of the industry leaders in Australia.
The company plans to increase its intake of female graduates as part of its growing workforce. It has also set clear diversity and inclusion goals for its Australian leadership team.
“All working women deserve to be treated and paid equally to men and to have equal opportunities to progress in their careers,” said Mann.
Diversity and inclusion initiatives
Motorola Solutions has been active in providing a diverse and inclusive workplace for employees. It has taken steps to become a leading employer of women in Australia.
The company has launched several successful initiatives including the creation of the staff-led Inclusion and Diversity Council and the sponsorship of professional development for women in the ICT sector. It has also implemented HR policies that provide superannuation, leave entitlements, and more flexible work arrangements.
For these efforts, Motorola Solutions received the EOCGE citation from the Australian government.
The company joins only four other organisations that have earned the award under the Information, Media and Telecommunications industry category of the WGEA.