Businesses should still publish gender pay gap data following suspension of reporting deadline

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have today, 24 March, suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20).

Nishi Mayor, business director at Business in the Community, responds: 

“This is an unprecedented time for employers and companies are dealing with a huge level of uncertainty. Survival is understandably the current top priority. 

“This crisis will eventually pass, and we must not forget that gender pay gap reporting is an important tool for bench-marking progress and diagnosing barriers to gender equality. Employers mustn’t lose focus on their aims to bring the pay gap down to zero. 

“Women are in the eye of this storm in three main ways. They are likely picking up the bulk of extra caring responsibilities as schools shut and relatives fall ill. Women make up the majority of the workforce in many of the service industries worse affected so far. They are often in low-paid, less-secure roles meaning as firms seek to cut costs they could be the first to lose jobs. All this means this crisis could lead to a widening of the pay gap – making reporting this year especially important.”


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