The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a reminder for companies to report their gender pay gap data by the deadline on 5 October 2021. The deadline to report data is applicable to employers with over 250 employees. The requirement was suspended over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, however if companies fail to meet the deadline, the EHRC will begin enforcement action against employers.
Kishwer Falkner, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:
“Businesses are facing challenging times but it is still important that they comply with the law and report their gender pay gap. We have delayed our legal enforcement to strike a balance between supporting businesses and enforcing their obligations.
“Employers that don’t report their gender pay gap risk letting down the women who work for them and damaging their reputation.
“Publishing and monitoring pay gaps helps employers and their employees to see if there is a pay gap and explore how to address it.”
The gender pay gap is the difference in average pay between the men and women in a workforce. It is different from equal pay, which means an employer must pay men and women the same for equal or similar work.
Each year, employers with 250 or more employees need to publish six calculations, by law, showing: mean gender pay gap in hourly pay, median gender pay gap in hourly pay, mean bonus gender pay gap, median bonus gender pay gap, proportion of males and females receiving a bonus payment, and proportion of males and females in each pay quartile.
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