Manifesto pledge to broaden disclosure rules on the gender pay gap to include information on ethnicity


Theresa May has surprised employers this week with a manifesto pledge to broaden disclosure rules on the gender pay gap to include information on ethnicity

Mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large private and voluntary sector employers came into force on 6 April 2017.

This imposed an obligation on to employers with more than 250 workers to publish information about the gender pay gap by April next year. 

If elected, the Conservatives have committed to upgrade the current reporting obligations to publish data on racial pay disparities.

Theresa May has said: “The fact that different ethnic groups are being paid less for doing the same jobs is an injustice which cannot be allowed in 21st Century Britain.”

However, some view her pledge as a “business-bashing” approach that places all the blame firmly in the hands of employers.

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