All male shortlists banned in an attempt to improve pay gap at PWC

Accountancy giant PwC has confirmed that it will prevent all-male shortlists for jobs in Scotland, as a bid to increase the number of women in senior roles. It said that there is nothing to prevent its new policy being implemented in Scotland and is part of the firm’s wider action plan to promote diversity and inclusion.

The move was prompted by a recent pay gap report showing that men employed in PWC earned on average 43% cent more than women. The company said recruitment was one of the areas it was looking at as a way to narrow the gap.

It also plans to ban all-male interview panels and to examine how “career defining roles” are awarded and selected. The employer has also introduced a returnship programme, which encourages those who have taken a break from work, such as maternity leave, to do six months paid work experience.


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