Since the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting last year, there has been a sea-change amongst employers and their approach to gender equality. Kaammini Chanrai, Gender Research and Policy Manager, Business in the Community, discusses the implications.
Over 10,000 employers reported their gender pay gap in 2018. The compliance rate for gender pay gap reporting was 100%1. This is an incredible achievement and we hope that organisations are as engaged this reporting cycle coming up in a few weeks.
- Be transparent: Honesty really is the best policy in terms of why your gender pay gap exists. However, transparency also applies to what you’re doing about it – share the positive stories, alongside the limitations in an action plan.
- Engage your employees: Listen to your employees about their experiences and use this information to develop the most impactful approach to tackling inequality. We recommend a variety of approaches, from focus groups to organisational surveys.
- Act: ‘Do nothing’ is not an option. If your organisation wants to truly demonstrate how it is engaged in combating inequality, it must take action. Successful organisations look at attraction, recruitment, retention, progression and more, in order to diagnose, discuss and act on the issues at hand.
Business in the Community’s Gender Equality Campaign have released five brand new toolkits to support organisations on gender pay gap reporting – four of which are exclusive to Gender Equality partners. These resources are there to support organisations at any point during their journey to achieving gender equality, from the early stages of trying to understand the reasons behind the figures, to developing an action plan to tackle the gender pay gap.
- Understanding your gender pay gap
- Analysing your gender pay gap (Available to Gender Equality Campaign Partners only)
- Communicating your gender pay gap (Available to Gender Equality Campaign Partners only)
- Tackling your gender pay gap – attraction and recruitment (Available to Gender Equality Campaign Partners only)
- Tackling your gender pay gap – retention and progression (Available to Gender Equality Campaign Partners only)
1 Equality and Human Rights Commission (2018), Gender pay gap: our enforcement action, available at https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/pay-gaps/gender-pay-gap-our-enfor...
2 Equality and Human Rights Commission (2018), Closing the gender pay gap, available at https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/closing-the-...
3 YouGov (2018) Most Brits have the wrong idea of what the gender pay gap is, available at https://yougov.co.uk/topics/economy/articles-reports/2018/09/14/most-bri...