Mind the Gap: Negotiating Your Pay – the ShfWIT guide

We have all heard the stats and seen the news: there’s a gender pay gap. Women earn up to 28% less than their male colleagues in the same tech roles. While there are complex, structural forces at play we can all make the most of any opportunity to advocate for ourselves as we talk about our pay with employers.

Join us for an online event looking at how you can approach negotiating your pay. We will take on three different perspectives that we hope will strengthen your hand and confidence when thinking about having this discussion: the recruiter, the employer and the personal coach. 

We will be joined by three incredible local women who have expertise and advice to share from these different standpoints:


Louisa Harrison-Walker will use her extensive knowledge of and insight into the tech recruitment market to discuss why knowing your value is a powerful tool in your arsenal.

Cherry Limb is HR Manager at 3squared and understands that everything always comes down to people. She will use her experience to provide an employer perspective and remind us that there is another human being at the other side of this conversation.

Amanda Cookson, experienced and insightful coach and HR /Leadership consultant, will talk about how to have difficult conversations and ways you can help build your case. She will even share a toolkit that you can takeaway from the event.

We will hear from speakers before engaging in a panel discussion based on audience questions.


Louisa Harrison-Walker

Louisa Harrison-Walker is the founder of award winning Sheffield based ethical recruitment and retention firm Benchmark, alongside being Executive Director – Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Regional Chair for Common Purpose UK and Co Chair of Sheffield Business Together. Louisa was also a founding member of the original ShfWIT Operations Group.

Follow Louisa on Twitter @LouisaBenchmark

Connect with Louisa on linkedin

Cherry Limb, HR Manager 3squared

Cherry heads up 3Squared’s HR function. Her role focusses on employee relations, recruitment, staff wellbeing and learning, development and performance. She has a particular interest in employee engagement and belonging, working cultures and environments and providing mental health support.

3squared are a Queen’s Award winning Sheffield company that has been providing advice, guidance and digital software solutions for the rail industry for nearly 20 years. They have 65 staff.

Connect with Cherry on linkedin

Follow Cherry on Twitter @CherryChallis

Amanda Cookson

Amanda is a co-founder of Northern Value Creators, helping HR leaders in tech-driven businesses transform leadership & management skills across their organisation through coach led learning. Northern Value Creators offer coaching, workshops, human leadership skills and team transformation.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @AmandaCookson

Connect with Amanda on linkedin

Event Timings

5.30pm – Participant Entry and Informal Networking

5.45pm – Official Welcome and Introductions

5:50 – Introducing the gender pay gap

6.00 – Speakers in turn: Louisa Harrison-Walker, Cherry Limb and Amanda Cookson

6.30 – Your chance to ask the experts – panel discussion based on audience Q+A

7.00 – Notices (Participants to Contribute)

7:15 – Close



ShfWIT seeks to be a friendly community where everyone feels welcome and safe.

During the event we will be adhering to the Sheffield Digital Code of Conduct. Please take a moment to read it.

As with all of our events there will be no obligation to talk to others, should you wish to leave your camera/mic off and simply listen that is totally fine.


Keeping in touch

If you can’t make the event and would like to be kept updated, sign up to our mailing list or follow and join us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

Event Details

Start Date : 2021-10-19

End Date : 2021-10-19

Time : 17:30

Cost : FREE

More About Event : Go

Event Venue

Venue : ONLINE

Address : Sheffield