To many women, publication of gender pay gap figures simply confirms what we already knew – that men are typically paid more than women, and men are more likely to be promoted into highly paid roles, reinforcing the stereotypical view of a boardroom full of men in suits.

According to the Financial Times: “Three-quarters of large UK businesses pay men more than women, on average, according to the government’s gender pay gap reporting. The average median difference – the median of all medians – is 9.7 per cent in favour of men.”

It continues: “The data do not tell us whether women are paid less than men for the same work, but they make clear that men are more likely to make it into highly paid roles. The average company is 52 per cent male but has a top pay quartile — the highest-paid 25 per cent of earners – that is 63 per cent male.”

So what can we do to change the situation? At Avian Coaching, we know that it takes a lot for even the most competent women to compete in an environment dominated by alpha males. As the FT article points out…” even among majority-female employers, many have majority-male top quartiles, hinting at a glass ceiling preserving a men’s’ club at the top.”

It’s a fact that there are differences in attitude. Men will almost always have a go, whatever the task, while women will hesitate if they do not believe they have certain capabilities.

That’s where support from a coach can be most effective: we offer open, direct communication that is very specific and targeted. In short, we ask the right questions to enable your problems to be solved. This pragmatic, common sense approach – based on conversation – helps individuals to gain self-confidence and to promote themselves without appearing aggressive. We give you techniques to help you build critical relationships and to navigate the internal politics that so often thwarts those who are talented and ambitious.

Our service is tailored to every individual, and the results are tangible – many of our clients benefit from just two or three coaching sessions.

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