Six month suspension to the enforcement of gender pay gap regulations.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have announced that enforcement of gender pay gap reporting for the 20/21 reporting year (which uses a snapshot date of 31 March 2020 and 4 April 2020) will not begin until 5 October 2021.
The EHRC is encouraging employers to report ahead of the usual deadlines (30 March 21 and 4 April 21) wherever possible, but no enforcement action will be taken providing they report by 5 October 2021
In 2015 and 2016, the government carried out three consultations on proposals to increase transparency around the differences in pay between men and women.
The Equality Act 2010: ‘Gender Pay Gap Information’ and ‘Specific Duties and Public Authorities’ Regulations 2017 came into force on 31 March 2017.
The objective of the Equality Act 2010 is to ensure that consideration of equality issues forms part of the routine day-to-day decision making and operational delivery of public authorities. The aim is to ensure better performance of the public sector equality duty as well as increasing transparency and providing authorities with the data needed to target action more effectively.
Whilst both equal pay and the gender gap deal with the disparity of pay women receive in the workplace, they are two different issues:
Public sector employers are required to publish a 'snapshot' of pay information taken on the 31 March each year to include:
A report needs to be published in a way that is accessible to the public by no later than 30 March 2018, and at subsequent intervals of not greater than one year thereafter and to publish equality objectives at four-yearly intervals.
The Evolve Trust Gender Pay Gap Report and Action Plans
As at March 2019 the Evolve Trust employee numbers were 227, therefore our March 2019 report has not been published.
[i]Gender Pay Gap: Closing it together. Gender Pay Gap Reporting in the Education Sector – Closing it Together Webinar – 06 March 2018. Government Equalities Office. Jisha Hales and Edward Donkor.