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We reported last week that the Government has announced that 100% of relevant employers have published their gender pay gap data, under the regulations that came into force in April 2017 affecting employers with more than 250 employees.
In a new report, the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee has now called for the Government to be more ambitious and to extend the reporting regime from 2020 to include all employers with more than 50 employees.The Committee recommends that organisations should be required to publish, alongside the bald figures, an explanation of any gender pay gap and, most importantly, an action plan for closing the gap, against which they must report progress each year, as part of normal reporting requirements.
The Committee also calls on the Government to alter the reporting requirements and improve the quality of the guidance on how to calculate the figures. This would avoid the situation in which some of our leading providers of professional services could exclude their highest earners (ie partners) from the statistics, thereby producing figures that underestimated the size of still substantial gender pay gaps.