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Campaigners urge government to reinstate Gender Pay Gap reporting

LEADING equalities charities, campaigners and business groups are calling for the enforcement of large employers to report their gender pay gap to be reinstated.

Introduced in 2017 for firms with over 250 workers, enforcement was suspended last March, when the pandemic hit.

A joint statement, signed by the Fawcett Society and the TUC among others yesterday, urges the government to ensure the pandemic does not turn back the clock on women and work. 

The Fawcett Society is encouraging supporters to write to their MP and ask them to support the reinstatement of reporting. Chief executive Felicia Willow said: “Gender pay-gap reporting is one way that employers can identify issues that need action. 

“A year ago, we didn’t know what we faced. Now, we know that we face significantly worsening inequality that may take decades to redress. There is no reasonable argument supporting the claim that gender pay-gap reporting should remain unenforced in 2021.”

Last week, apprenticeships and skills minister Gillian Keegan said that while it would be “encouraging” employers to continue filing their gender pay-gap reports, enforcement for not submitting forms is now unlikely.

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