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  • Niles posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    That confuses me even more. Surely I can’t be alone in not knowing what this is?

  • Niles posted an update 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    The gender pay gap? I’m confused as to what this actually is. As far as I know its illegal to pay men and women differently for the same job and its been this way for decades. I understand pay inequality but I’m confused by the gender pay gap.

    Am I right in thinking that its like two people doing the same job in Company A and they both move up…[Read more]

    • What you describe is an ‘earnings’ gap not a ‘pay’ gap, however don’t expect the Guardian to make such a distinction.

    • For politicians, the gender gap is a way to get gullible women to vote for you.

    • The Guardian, the Fawcett society etc spent years blaming sexism for the ‘pay gap’ which they calculated as simply being the difference between the average earnings of all men and the average earnings of all women. They completely ignored inconvenient data like career choices, hours worked, subjects studied, time away from the work place an so for…[Read more]

    • Some eejit on Radio 4 said the other day that claiming that a man was in a senior position because they were the best person for the job isn’t acceptable because that suggests that a woman isn’t the best person to employ and is therefore wrong. How does that even make sense?!

    • Gender pay gap is the difference between the salaries of full time employees over the whole economy. Calculating the gender pay gap is about identifying areas where the gap exists and using that information to tackle discrimination. It is to look for areas where education may help young women (or men) in pursuing careers traditionally considered…[Read more]

      • That would be a sensible approach but I’ve yet to see it suggested at all in the Guardian etc. Instead the focus seems to be on somehow trying to shame companies like Ryanair, and in some articles men generally, in to doing *something*.

        The ONS gives a lot of…[Read more]

      • Why do you need to encourage any women to be pilots? You make sure you provide equal opportunities, going right back to school and selecting the right subjects etc.. and then let women decide for themselves.

        It might be that is some sectors due to maintaining currency etc.. that career breaks are not easy or even possible. So a proportion of…[Read more]

        • Again you’re missing the point. The question should be “Are there gender-specific pressures that discourage women from wanting or applying to become pilots”?

          • I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

            I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

            What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

            What this survey highlights are career path…[Read more]

          • I’m an engineer and have worked in the oil and gas industry for twenty years and while things are slowly improving in terms of women entering the industry we are a long way from parity. My company works closely with several local schools in terms of arranging work experience, attending career fairs or giving presentations to pupils in a bid to…[Read more]

      • I actually agree, I have no issues with the data being collected. Where I get frustrated though is the way the data is often presented in some quarters where maintaining the approved narrative or editorial line seems more important then actually having a proper discussion.

        I singled out the Fawcett society and the Guardian as they have appalling…[Read more]

    • One of the interesting aspects of this is how the figures can be distorted by a small number of individuals ( at the top. If, say in a company of a few hundred staff, 8 of the top 10 people are men, and they are being paid a few hundred grand more than the next layer down, that will massively impact the average numbers. It can account for…[Read more]

      • Doesn’t quoting a median, rather than mean, largely eliminate this effect?

      • Is it due to lots of perfectly capable and qualified women being denied the opportunity for their careers to progress to that level due to discrimination, or is it due to the pool of women with the desire and the capability to select from being vanishingly small.?

        • Anecdotally, there’s an awful lot of the latter. More about desire than capability, but it would be interesting to see some proper research on it.

          There is a risk that a lot of resources are put into trying to get women into jobs that they don’t actually want to do.

          • I saw a study this week that showed that the more gender equality in a society the less likely the women in that society are to study/work in STEM fields.

            So especially, for example, in developing countries where there is less choice of degree, more women go into Civils, in the Nordic countries, where there is a wide range of degree and career…[Read more]

            • The rationale I saw for that was that the countries where women more readily gravitate towards STEM tend to ones at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. That is, if you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to university you damn well make sure you choose a field of study that will afford you the greatest employment and earnings…[Read more]

        • There is evidence towards the later, it being argued that if you compare the normal distributions of any traits between males and females you find greater variability in the male bell curve. You simply get way more males at the top and bottom ends of any distribution – more geniuses and more dunces as they say.

          This is also entirely compatible…[Read more]

    • I work in a large engineering and manufacturing company. Here women earn more than men on average.

      In this case I think things are skewed because the shop floor is dominated by men to a greater extent than the design/engineering side. Shop floor earns less on average.

      It’s an interesting flip to the norm but not sure what other conclusions I can draw.

      • Likewise, a BBC article this week showed that in the mining industry the ‘gender pay gap’ favours women. They didn’t see fit to comment on this but my guess is that more women work in higher paid administrative roles than as miners themselves. Let’s see a campaign to get more equality in the mining industry! #morewomenunderground or something…..

      • These are both good points and echo my observations.

        Most of the women I have worked alongside with in my industry are not actually UK nationals, they generally hail from Malaysia, Iran, Nigeria, Azerbaijan etc (other oil centres basically) and it is obvious that a huge emphasis is placed on university courses that offer decent careers and…[Read more]

    • I teach on a bioinformatics MSc course – essentially computational biology. I always find looking at the demographics of the cohort and their career choices interesting. In most years, the course is split roughly 50:50 male:female, but the majority of the females will be new graduates from the Indian subcontinent or SE Asia whereas the males…[Read more]

  • Niles posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I also believe that proper support in your shoes will help with lower back pain. Most likely something to do with insoles.

    • @Nile is right insoles can help with back pain! I used to suffer from really bad back ache so I decided to go see a physiotherapist after thorough examination he told me that I should start wearing orthotic insoles to help improve my posture. The ones I bought where a pair from, I tried other makes but for me the…[Read more]

  • Niles posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    Bloods still boiling to discuss rationally. However, whilst I fear we need to prove ourselves better than these servile scum, examples need to be made.

    • jam replied 3 weeks ago

      I’ve heard there are rooms still available at Guantanamo…

      • Which is an affront to all right minded people. Many people in Gitmo are there without charge.

        Surely, even for they bastards they deserve a trial and a very long sentence.

        Not sure about removing their citizenship, since they weren’t born here, but supposing you removed their citizenship and they were returned to their country of birth, only to…[Read more]

  • Niles posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    AJ by TKO in the later rounds. Parker hasn’t fought anyone like as hard hitting in his career, and he only just scraped through his last few fights. No chance despite the hype IMO.

  • Niles replied to the topic Police fitness standard in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    @guy I’m not sure how you could compare the two, it’s not a like-for-like comparison and the ‘fitness spectrum’ is huge in both professions; are we talking Paras, WRENS, the bloke who feeds the regimental goat, Detectives, CTSFO’s, beat cops?

    If we assume that there is such a thing as ‘yer average’ (there isn’t), it would still be difficult to…[Read more]

  • Niles replied to the topic Police fitness standard in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    @guy You seem to be suggesting that Level 5.4 Bleep is an aspirational grade for all unarmed police which they struggle to achieve – and that unarmed police officers are a uniquely unfit group of people – in reality they’re no different to any other group of people. There are no shortage of fit sports men and women in the police, like anywhere…[Read more]

  • The 5.4 bleep test for normal police is widely ridiculed within the service, as well as on this forum, for being pointless. Although, it should be pointed out that this is a ‘one size fits all’ fitness assessment and they’re expected to pass it until retirement at the age of 60.

    For new recruits, the bleep test is run until everyone has dropped…[Read more]

  • Niles posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    The Angel’s Share is a term used to describe the small amount of Whisky that evaporates whilst it is casked and maturing (over many years this can add up to be quite a significant amount). Once bottled then as as you say it can’t escape unless the bottle is opened.

  • Niles posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    May cost a bit but you could buy a standing desk to work on your computer stood up. May hurt your bank account but will save your back!

  • GDPR should put a stop to this!

    Come 25th May (when GDPR comes in to force) you can ask Facebook to tell you everything they know about you for free (under the existing law they could have charged up to £10). It’s called a Subject Access Request and you can do it any way you like: e-mail, telephone, write them a letter. They are entitled to…[Read more]

  • In my case-sports massage sorted it out, also had a steroid shot for an impingement but also had something similar to what you describe prior to that. I am very one sided (or I was) thought lots of manual work etc which brought it on. I had massages monthly for about 6 months, job done. wouldn’t ever use a chiro.

  • It depends a lot on your risk profile. But there are occasionally viruses which do not require any activity, foolish or otherwise, on your part. I would say antivirus is still advisable on Windows 10, and essential on earlier versions.

    No need to buy though, there are perfectly functional free ones. I would recommend Bitdefender or Avast. Both…[Read more]

  • Couple years ago talking to an inanimate object as though it was a real person would get you put in the nut house.

    These products to me seem to serve Google/amazon more than they would serve me. I have a cd player, computer that can do everything these things can do and I get to keep my privacy.

  • Niles replied to the topic How do you buy a car? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    1) If you are buying new, decide on what you want and then contact every dealer in the UK asking for a quote for the specific model, engine size, extras etc. that you want.

    2) Take the cheapest quote and contact everyone who replied again asking them to beat it.

    3) Repeat 2 (optionally you can knock another £X off the price and lie about the…[Read more]

  • Niles replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    @peter In developed countries the birthrate is falling and hence the natural population will shrink over time.

    Luckily we are able to prevent the population from retracting by immigration.

    The Chinese found that limiting the number of children is economically disastrous. The main problem being old people had no one to care for them. To…[Read more]

  • Niles replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 3 months, 1 week ago

    As countries develop their birth rate drops. There are a few reasons for that. One is more children make it to adulthood so couples don’t have to have extra children to compensate. Another is children start going to school, so they’re not productive members of the family working on farms or factories. Another is better availability of con…[Read more]

  • Niles replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    What about other junk drinks like coke etc?

    I know someone who had a minor stroke age 30 and he was told it was from drinking red bull excessively and working long hours (farmer).

    I only drink highland spring sparkling water. I just hope they don’t find a health risk with that!

    @scarymary Anything with artificial sweeteners in… Aspartame w…[Read more]

  • Niles replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    @howard Interesting, thank you. I read it in the Telegraph, and that failed to point out the flaws in the study.

    I’m sufficiently concerned with the correlation, given that my dad had ischemic strokes on a regular basis before he died.

  • After reading a study online about the effects diet drinks can have on your health… I’m never going to drink an artificially sweetened drink again. A seventeen year study of four thousand people, properly scientifically analyzed, has found a three times risk of having a stroke or developing dementia if you drink ONE a day

    That’s too big to…[Read more]

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