Times Internet claims to have achieved 100% gender pay equality
MUMBAI: Times Internet, India’s largest digital products company with over 5000+ employees across eight cities, has claimed to have achieved the milestone of overall gender pay equality.
The company had commissioned Aon, a global leader in HR consulting, to conduct an independent pay equity audit across the entire organisation. The results showed that there is no gap between female and male employees with respect to pay, rewards, and promotions at the company.
In the “Global Gender Gap Report” released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) last year, India was ranked a lowly 108 out of 144 countries on the gender equality scale. A report by Aon shows that the overall gender pay gap across India Inc. is 24% today. Thus, Times Internet’s achievement will strongly resonate with everyone in India who believes in gender equality.
Elated at achieving this crucial milestone, Times Internet CEO Gautam Sinha said, “Pay equity is a huge issue across every industry in every country. We believe that each and everyone deserves respect and equal opportunities for growth. Which is why we worked towards creating a truly meritocratic work culture, wherein every employee is evaluated and rewarded solely on the basis of their work and performance, and nothing else.”
To drive gender pay equality, Times Internet started by first reviewing its compensation practices to eliminate any existing gender bias and discrepancies. The company switched to a simplified, online performance appraisal system, resulting in an open, fair and transparent process for all employees. It has also initiated diversity training workshops to help employees identify and eliminate conscious and unconscious gender biases.
“We looked at diversity not as an obligation, but as a catalyst for new ideas, growth, and innovation. Our vision is to create a culture of equality at the workplace where diversity in all its forms, is celebrated and encouraged across all our businesses, functions and domains,” Sinha added.
Aon Partner – Talent & Rewards Anandorup Ghose said, “As part of our Gender Pay Equity Report, we conducted a detailed regression analysis between performance and salary increase, bonus payout and appraisals for employees across all levels and businesses in Times Internet. What we discovered was that an employee’s pay, reward, and promotion were strongly correlated with performance, with the employee’s gender having no impact at all.”