30 October 2017
Last week the Office for National Statistics published statistics that show the full-time median gender pay gap has fallen by 0.3 percentage points to 9.1% in 2017 (from 9.4% in 2016).
The Trades Union Congress has called on the Government to increase pressure on employers to take measures to address the gender pay gap. Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary, said that:
"At this rate it will take decades for women to get paid the same as men.
"The full-time gender pay gap has inched a bit smaller. But there is still a chasm between men and women’s earnings.
"The government needs to crank up the pressure on employers. Companies shouldn't just be made to publish their gender pay gaps. They should be forced to explain how they’ll close them.
"And those bosses who flout the law should be fined."
Our previous blog on this issue set out what the legal obligations for employers are. See Gender Pay Gap Reporting. This is an area of increasing interest within the public arena and something employers should consider. Give your BTO employment lawyer a call if we can help.
See the article on the TUC website: UK still “decades” away from ending gender pay gap, warns TUC
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