Seymour Whyte CEO renews pay equity ambassador commitment

Seymour Whyte Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director John Kirkwood has recently renewed his role as a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Here, John shares his thoughts on this role, and what pay equity means to Seymour Whyte.

In 2018, I took the pledge to become a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Today, I am proud to renew that pledge, to ensure that equity and pay parity are achieved, and to set the expectation among our people managers that their decisions are fair and equal regardless of gender.

Being a Pay Equity Ambassador provides an opportunity to hold myself to account to deliver on the outcome of pay equity, it opens the door for others to hold me to account and in turn we hold our business to account.

It's important that what we pledge to do, we actually do, and we are seen to do it.

Since making my first pledge, I am extremely proud to say that Seymour Whyte has achieved pay equity. At Seymour Whyte our people are rewarded and remunerated in accordance with their skills, ability and results, not by any other measure.

Our strategy is to know what we are currently doing, continually measure to identify abnormalities and address them as they arise.

Our Hiring Managers are very conscious of pay equity and I expect this of them – their obligation to deliver on the company's equity commitments is imperative.

We have introduced a number of initiatives that have contributed to our successes in relation to gender equity. We have stringent gender analysis and pay equity review processes, competency matrices to guide career development in technical roles, a Female Mentoring Program with our Executive Leadership Team and Unconscious Bias training to name a few.

While we have achieved pay equity at Seymour Whyte, we must continue to do the work and to make sure we keep pay parity. History tells us it won't happen by itself, this has been proven over the years and we must have a resolution to correct it, once you have that and you are willing to put the work in, the gender pay gap won't exist.

I look forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next two years and continuing to contribute to our industry by holding others to account, ensuring our business remains unified in our commitment to having a workplace that is balanced and fair for all.