Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Expert Comment: Gender Pay Gap Data Fallen By 80%

According to new data by the CIPD, the number of employers who have reported data about their gender pay gap has drastically fallen by four-fifths since 2018. In 2018, 10,833 organisations published their numbers. However. this then fell to just 6,150 for 2019 and 2,440 for 2020.

Agata Nowakowska, AVP EMEA at Skillsoft:

“The dramatic drop in companies offering up their data indicates the unfortunate reality, that against the tumultuous backdrop of a pandemic-struck Britain, the fight for pay equality has fallen to the wayside for many. 

The gender pay gap is an extremely important issue that shouldn’t be brushed over because of economic uncertainty. If this happens, then it’s only allowing more companies to get away with gender-biased treatment. Pay gap reporting, in usual circumstances, enables companies to actively recognise and work towards improving the gender pay gap, acting as a benchmark for the entire organisation.

Women of all ages and backgrounds need to come together to challenge the gender pay gap and the government needs to play its part in enforcing organisations tackle this issue head-on. Employers must ensure every employee has the opportunity to expand their role towards higher-paying positions. This could mean reviewing how your organisation views maternity and paternity leave, addressing unconscious bias, or facilitating professional development. Above all, it’s about making a continued, concerted effort; meaningful change cannot occur overnight.”