On 4 September 2012, the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee announced a new inquiry into women in the workplace. The BIS Committee was appointed by the House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Committee is seeking written submissions which need to be submitted by close of business on Friday 5 October.  Topics the Committee will consider include:

  • pay and job segregation inequalities
  • the steps that can be taken to improve transparency on pay and composition of the workforce
  • the impact of the current economic crisis on female employment
  • how to tackle gender stereotyping in particular occupations (for example in engineering, banking, construction and the beauty industry)
  • how to promote part-time working at all levels of the workplace.

The Committee is also considering the extent to which the recommendations in Lord Davies' “Women on Boards" review in February 201, have been acted upon, and asks for submissions on:

  • the extent to which investors should take into account the percentage of women on boards when considering company reporting and appointments to the board?
  • why there are still so few women in senior positions on boards, and what the benefit would be of having a greater number?
  • how successful is the voluntary code of conduct for headhunters (a recommendation of Lord Davies) which considers gender diversity and best practice in relation to search criteria and processes in connection with FTSE board appointments?

The BIS Committee announcement can be found here.