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Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Alarming Gaps Persist Among UK Employers

Despite legal requirements, nearly one fifth of large employers in the UK neglect gender pay gap reporting, reveals the latest CIPD report.

Nearly one fifth of large employers don’t carry out gender pay gap reporting, despite legal requirement. Pay gaps remain a major challenge across the UK, and the latest findings from the CIPD’s Pay, performance and transparency 2024 report, supported by ADP, show that an alarming number of employers are not conducting their gender pay gap reporting in line with government requirements.

Almost a fifth (17 per cent) of large employers (250+ employees) said they haven’t carried out gender pay gap reporting and 18 per cent said they didn’t even know whether their organisations had conducted reporting. The organisations most likely to admit to not carrying out gender pay reporting in the 12 months to October 2023 are those employing between 250 and 499 people (29 per cent), despite it being a legal requirement for all businesses with 250 or more employees in England, Scotland, and Wales.

As a result, the CIPD are calling on employers to help tackle discrimination and inequalities at work by reporting on their gender pay gap data and analysing that data to create a narrative and action plan.

Charles Cotton, Senior Reward Adviser at the CIPD said: “What gets measured, gets managed, and with just over a month until the end of the gender pay gap reporting year, employers need to get ready to report. We encourage employers to not only calculate their gender pay gap data, but to really understand the reasons for it, and act on them wherever possible.

“Pay gap reporting is an important part of ensuring a fair workplace, as well as having clear business benefits, such as attracting and retaining talent by showing a commitment to good practice,” Cotton adds. “It’s important that employers understand the barriers their people may face, not only relating to pay, but also in terms of recruitment, promotion and development opportunities. Pay gap reporting, along with having an effective narrative and action plan, can identify and help tackle the causes of gender inequality.”

Sirsha Haldar, General Manager of the UK, Ireland & South Africa at ADP commented: “Employers must trust accurate indicators linked to their payroll systems to move beyond assumptions and analyse their real data, pinpointing any pay gaps. Without such tools and a committed budget for workplace equality, this injustice may endure, fostering diminishing employee morale and loyalty. Pay disparities can drive away valuable female talent and tarnish a company’s reputation, especially among younger generations increasingly concerned about equality in pay.”

This report also found that, in the year to October 2023, 40 per cent of large employers had already carried out an analysis of their ethnicity pay data, 35 per cent had not, while a quarter didn’t know.  Over a quarter (27 per cent) of large employers had conducted a disability pay report, 46 per cent had not and 28 per cent didn’t know.

These are areas that employers can and should also focus on, despite there being no legal requirement to do so. Reporting on these pay disparities can help employers understand where they need to take action to address discrimination and other causes of inequality at work.

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