When Google reviewed its own pay structure recently, it gave an unexpected result: It was underpaying more men than women to do similar work, the company revealed in a blog post published Monday.
Annual analysis comes as Google is facing a complaint action claiming that it denied career opportunities to women and systematically paid them less than men who preformed similar work. The technology industry as a whole is also taking care of the lack of diversity and dysfunctional working environments.
Google refused to comment beyond the blog post.
Google said the analyzes pay over most workgroups to ensure it compensates employees fairly, based on their work. If the company finds statistically significant discrepancies within an employment category, it said it increases the payroll in the group to eliminate gaps.
The review considers factors such as market interest rates for a job, an employee's position and his or her performance assessment. But managers also have the privilege to increase the payment by means of dedicated funds for such adjustments, the company said.
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In addition, Google said there were differences in their offerings. In both cases, Google's analysis led to adjustments to eliminate the discrepancies. In total, Google provided $ 9.7 million in salary adjustments to 10,677 employees. Google did not reveal how many male employees were getting results as a result of the analysis.
Google's workforce is 69 percent male, according to its 2018 diversity report. Its parent company, Alphabet, counted 98,771 employees at the end of 2018. Although Alphabet does not disclose how many people work at Google, the vast majority of Alphabet employees work for the search giant.
Google acknowledged that the annual study does not provide a complete picture of how women and under-represented minorities are compensated in the company. "Our profitability analysis ensures that compensation is fair for employees in the same job, at the same level, location, and performance. But we know it's only part of the story," Google's leading profit analyst, analytics analyst, Lauren Barbato, said in the blog post.
Barbato said that Google will conduct a comprehensive review of the compensation process and investigate factors beyond comparing people's pay at the same level. Google will also consider promises from promotions and how it allocates a new employee's employment level to a position, a process known as equalization.