Gender Pay Gap Action Plans

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Cabinet ministers will be given six months to collect action plans from sectors in their remit on how those sectors intend to reduce their gender pay gaps. Following reports that the UK gender pay gap will not close for another 34 years, Penny Mordaunt MP, the recently appointed women and equalities minister (in addition to her existing position as international development secretary), said that ministers would be tasked with speaking to their relevant sectors on the actions they were taking to reduce their gender pay gap and would report back to the cabinet by November this year.

Separately, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has once again confirmed that a "zero tolerance" approach will be taken against employers that have failed to report their gender pay gaps. Despite around 11,000 employers submitting their data by the extended deadline, the EHRC said that there were still "500" employers under investigation. The latest announcement follows the EHRC's suggestion that investigations into gender pay gap reporting failures will begin in June 2018 and that employers under investigation will be named and shamed by uploading the results of investigations online.

HOW STARFORD CAN HELP YOU

  • Comprehensive staff training programmes including Equality & Diveristy training, but also looking at other areas such as tackling unconscious bias and more inclusive recruitment strategies
  • Helping you to introduce effective mentoring systems, both internally and externally
  • Leadership mentoring and coaching
  • Helping you to identify and access appropriate initiatives and schemes relevant to your industry and workforce
  • Working with you to make your organisation an Employer of Choice
  • Working towards various accreditations including Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For along with other initiatives to ensure you attract and retain the best talent

Sources: Ministers told to demand gender pay gap action plans from key sectors, theguardian.com, 10 May 2018 and BBC: Gender pay: Hundreds of firms face action over non-disclosure (10 May 2018)

If you would like to discuss the initiatives that could work in your organisation to address the Gender Pay Gap, give the Starford team a call on 01342 347063 or email julie.jones@starfordlegalhr.com