WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the release of its "Path to PAR" report, which focuses on Internal Labor Market (ILM) maps that track the movement of the cable workforce, including hiring rates, promotion rates and exit rates for men and women. ILM maps are a unique tool that Mercer has used for over 20 years to identify talent flow issues within organizations. Mercer is a global leader in human capital research and was WICT's partner in producing the 2013 PAR Initiative Survey.
The ILM maps showed that the cable industry is recruiting women at a higher rate than men at every level. However, women are not being promoted or retained at the same rate as men. And absent a course correction, Mercer predicted a decline in the representation of women at executive and management levels over the next five years.
"Mercer's ILM maps are one of the best diagnostic tools used to pinpoint problem areas in hiring, advancement and retention, and they help illustrate where our industry needs to do a better job in terms of gender diversity," said Parthavi Das, WICT's Chief of Staff, who has served as the PAR staff liaison since its launch in 2003. "In addition to a deep dive into the ILM maps, Path to PAR includes additional outside research, as well as best practices and policies that provide insight into how we can best approach these serious challenges."
Since 2009, the PAR survey has been conducted biennially. In the period between surveys, WICT provides resources and materials to assist companies with honing their diversity and inclusion tactics. In addition to the Path to PAR reports, WICT conducts a series of webinars called "PAR at Work," which provide detailed information on the data gathered through the PAR Survey and how its findings affect members' careers. A recent webinar on sponsorship was led by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, a renowned author and recognized expert on diversity in the workplace.
The WICT PAR Initiative is generously supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation and each of WICT's chapters.
Added Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT's President & CEO, "WICT is proud to work with Mercer and our cable partners to promote strategies and tactics that support the very real and tangible benefits of gender diversity. The generous involvement of the Walter Kaitz Foundation and our chapters enables us to distribute these important resources on behalf of women in our industry."
The report is now available for download from the website www.wictparinitiative.org
For thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.