Government Equalities Office publishes report into closing the gender pay gap

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10 Feb, 2016

The Government Equalities Office has published a report (“the report”) which sets out some of the challenges and opportunities associated with closing the gender pay gap. The publication also highlights specific actions companies are taking to meet this government-led objective.

The report Trailblazing Transparency: Mending the Gap seeks to answer some of those questions.  It shares the latest thinking from business and government on gender pay information that employers will need to publish and also provides best practice examples as to how companies are practically reporting this information.

In July 2015, the UK Government launched a consultation on how to address the discrepancy between the average earnings of men and women employed by the largest UK employers (referred to as the 'Gender Pay Gap').  Specifically the consultation proposed that private and voluntary sector employers in Great Britain with at least 250 employees would be required to publish information about the pay of their male and female employees and asked what would be the best medium for such disclosure including what form it should take and how often it should be published.  The government has announced (link to government website) that full details of new gender pay gap regulations and a consultation thereon will be published shortly.

The press release and full report is available on the UK Government website.

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