Black Livelihoods Matter- Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Reporting

Sandra Kerr CBE, race director at Business in the Community, said: “It is time for the government to take action and implement mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting now. This morning I have added my signature to a petition to government which has more than 91,000 signatures for this issue to be debated in parliament.  The BITC Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report, in collaboration with YouGov, found that employees said only 11% of employers were currently capturing ethnicity and pay data. Without this important indicator, businesses will not be able to diagnose and take action to  deal with their ethnicity pay gaps.

Business in the Community contributed to the government consultation on mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting which closed in January 2019. There is gross under representation of Black talent at top tables in the private and public sector and ethnicity pay gap reporting will ensure that this conversation remains an important issue for employers to action alongside their gender pay gap reporting. Nationwide, Baker and Mackenzie and Mott MacDonald are just some of the employers who have voluntarily published their ethnicity pay gap in recent days and months.”

Business in the Community have also been urging business leaders to take action and sign the Race at Work Charter, which demonstrates a long term commitment to addressing racial inequality in the workplace.  More than 25 employers have signed up to the Race at Work Charter this week, bringing the total number of signatories to 282. 

Further information

  • Organisations who have signed the Charter this week include Virgin Management, Capital One, Coutts, Compass Group, Mitie, Nando’s, Schroders and Reed in Partnership
  • The McGregor-Smith Review key recommendation in 2017 was for mandatory ethnicity and pay gap reporting to be implemented if voluntary action from employers hadn’t followed the review.

Notes to editors

  • To find out more, please contact Cathy Beveridge, Media and External Affairs Manager, Business in the Community on 07776181945 or

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