Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate “dodgy” gender pay gap data

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has writen to roughly 20 employers over their gender pay gap figures, as scrutiny persists over “dodgy data”.

More than 10,000 organisations with 250 or more employees were required to submit gender pay data by the April 2018 deadline, but an independent statistician has estimated that up to 17% of the data is wrong.

Now some of the organisations that filed data are being asked to correct or justify their data, or risk being taken to court where they could face unlimited fines.

EHRC have stated that if they are not satisfied with the responses they will investigate and are prepared to go to court. Gender pay gap reporting is a legal requirement and EHRC is wholly committed to ensuring that all organisations adhere to the data reporting requirements.

Employers will file their 2018 gender pay reports on 4 April 2019.

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