Employers must take proactive steps to close the gender pay gap

Figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the gender pay gap among full-time employees stands at 8.9 per cent, little changed from 2018, and a decline of only 0.6 percentage points since 2012.

Nishi Mayor, campaign and content director at Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, said:

“Today’s statistics show that the pay gap for full-time employees has only decreased by 0.6 percentage points since 2012 meaning employers need to take action to bring this down. Women in this country want to see the gender pay gap close in their lifetime.

“Gender pay gap figures are an important indicator for businesses and help employers identify key areas to tackle to bring the gap down to zero. However, we cannot look at pay gap figures in isolation. We need to also see what, if any, action plan the employer has published with measurable targets to tackle the different factors that feed into the pay gap.

“The stage in life (30-39) in which many employees are becoming parents is still the tipping point where women’s pay takes a nosedive. Until employers remove the barriers to men taking up parental leave policies and until there is greater equity in caregiving responsibilities overall, we will continue to see women earning less over their lifetimes.”

The gender pay gap reported by ONS is a long time-series, calculated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) which samples from all employee jobs in all sizes of company. This is different from the gender pay gap based on compulsory reporting for companies with 250 or more employees


Notes to editor
To access the publication please go to the ONS website: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/genderpaygapintheuk/2019

Media contact
Cathy Beveridge, Media and External Affairs Manager, Business in the Community, 07776181945, Email: cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk

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