WICT Releases PAR Results

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Women in Cable Telecommunications said complete results of the 2011 Pay equity, Advancement opportunities and Resources for work/life support (PAR) survey are now available.

The 2011 PAR Survey was conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management in collaboration with the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications AIM Survey. In all, 25 companies participated in the survey, representing 54% of the overall cable workforce.

"PAR has documented notable advancements for women since launching in 2003," Parthavi Das, WICT's Chief of Staff, who has served as the PAR staff liaison since its launch, said in a statement. "And while we see some areas that we must focus on to obtain growth, we are pleased with the overall trending." WICT CEO Maria Brennan added in the released statement: "In the coming year, we will undertake an aggressive advocacy campaign to disseminate best practices from the PAR data in order to assist companies with honing their diversity and inclusion tactics."

According to WICT's 2011 PAR Survey, women in the cable industry represented 43% of full-time employees, a 7% increase from 2009 findings; 30% of the executive ranks, the highest percentage reported since the WICT PAR Initiative began in 2003; 30% of the top 10% highest paid employees; and
20% of board of directors' seats, a figure that outpaced Fortune 500 companies by 4%.

The WICT PAR Initiative is generously supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation and each of WICT's 19 chapters.

The report is now available for download from www.wictparinitiative.org, and will be available in hardcopy in early 2012. It also contains profiles and best practices from the "Best Companies for Women in Cable," shown below.

The top-five MSOs and Programmers are as follows:

The 2011 Best Operators for Women in Cable are Time Warner Cable; Cox Communications, Inc.; Comcast; Bright House Networks; and Suddenlink Communications.

The 2011 Best Programmers for Women in Cable are NBCUniversal; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Scripps Networks Interactive; Discovery Communications; and ESPN.

In 2012, WICT will conduct a series of webinars for its members called "PAR at Work," which will provide information about how members can apply lessons from the PAR Initiative in the areas of pay equity, advancement opportunities and resources for work/life support. WICT will also publish a "Path to PAR" report that delves into top practices as identified by diversity experts, while sharing case studies from the 2011 PAR Initiative Executive Report. Finally, the WICT Signature Luncheon will recognize and showcase the PAR Best Companies during a luncheon being held in conjunction with The Cable Show on May 21, 2012, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.