UK adopts light touch on gender pay gaps

A new report compares 10 countries, including the UK, and their approach to tackling the gender pay gap and finds the UK, unlike other countries, does not make it compulsory for employers to publish action plans on how they will tackle identified pay gaps.

Gender Pay gap

Employers have aspirations to address their gender pay gap [GPG] in future

The UK adopts a light touch when it comes to what it asks employers to do to address gender pay gaps when compared with other countries, according to a new report.

The report from the Fawcett Society and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, compares gender pay gap reporting in the UK with that in nine other countries.

While gender pay gap reporting has been suspended for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, in previous years it has not been a requirement for private sector employers in the UK to publish an action plan to tackle their pay gaps. The report says it is estimated that in 2018/19, only 50% chose to do so. Only one other country in the study – Austria – does not make it compulsory in at least some circumstances. The report says other countries have more robust systems in place which require employers to publish details on their work to reduce the pay gap.

The report encourages a move to more meaningful pay gap reporting in the UK – looking at how this can be used to tackle pay discrepancies and deliver greater equality.



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