Postponement of gender pay gap reporting

The UK Government has introduced a year-long suspension of gender pay gap reporting to ease the already increased burden of duties for organisations during the Coronavirus pandemic. As well as not asking businesses to report data, the Government has also suspended the fine that companies would otherwise have to pay for failing to report their gender pay gap.

The deadline for public sector bodies to report on their gender pay gaps would have been 30 March, with private companies’ reports due on 4 April.

In a joint statement, Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss and EHRC chair David Isaac said: “We recognise that employers across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty and pressure at this time. Because of this we feel it is only right to suspend enforcement of gender pay gap reporting this year.”

The Government Equalities Office said more than 3,000 employers (26% of expected reporters) have already reported their data this year, and it will continue to provide support to other employers that wish to do so.
Gender pay gap reporting rules were brought in under the Equality Act in April 2017 for companies with 250 or more employees to display the gap in salaries between men and women.

Businesses are required to report their average hourly wage and bonus gaps and the proportion of men and women who receive bonuses.

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