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Two new pieces of guidance published to help employers identify potential causes of the gender pay gap and develop an effective action plan to tackle it.

  • New guidance to help employers identify why they have gender pay gap and act to cut it
  • Deadline for second year of gender pay reporting approaches – employers have 64 days left to submit information
  • Research shows that more companies have prioritised reducing their gender pay gap since legislation was introduced in 2017

Better engagement from senior leadership, increased staff awareness and improved recruitment practices will help companies reduce their gender pay gap the Minister for Women Victoria Atkins said today (8 February), as the annual deadline for companies to report their information fast approaches.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published two new pieces of guidance, providing step by step advice for employers which helps them to identify potential causes of the gender pay gap in their organisation and develop an effective action plan to tackle it.

‘Eight ways to understand your gender pay gap’ asks companies to identify potential areas for improvement, such as; whether women tend to enter the company in lower paid positions than men, whether there is a difference in performance scores within the organisation depending in relation to gender and whether individuals who are employed on a part-time basis are being supported to advance within the company.

Alongside this, the GEO is also publishing a four-step guide to help companies develop an effective GPG action plan. The guide encourages employers to analyse and understand why they have a gap, working with staff to find out what they can be doing better and developing an action plan accordingly. Finally, the guide encourages businesses to give the action plan time to make an impact. Read more

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