Government will name and shame companies that fail to address gender pay gap

From 2018, companies with more than 250 employees that fail to address the gender pay gap will be highlighted in league tables as part of equality measures announced by the Government.

Disparity: The Government is moving forward with its pay equality agenda (Pic credit: Thinkstock)
Disparity: The Government is moving forward with its pay equality agenda (Pic credit: Thinkstock)

These companies will have to calculate the pay gap from April 2017, one year before the first league tables are published.

Women and equalities minister Nicky Morgan said companies would have to reveal the number of men and women in each salary bracket to show where pay gaps were widest.

This is the result of a law created by the previous coalition government giving ministers the power to force companies that employ more than 250 people to publish gender pay data.

Now that this power has been implemented, the regulations will affect around 8,000 employers across the UK. Only eight per cent of PR agencies employ more than 250 people, according to the PRCA’s 2013 census.

The gender pay gap across the UK PR industry is up to £10,000, research shows.

A survey carried out by PRWeek, the PRCA and Women in PR last autumn revealed that a majority of PR and comms professionals favour a ‘no employee limit’ approach to publishing disparities in gender pay, to take account of the fact that most agencies employ fewer than 250 people.

More than 70 per cent of agency chiefs who responded to the survey agreed or strongly agreed that publishing pay data is essential for change.

Speaking last autumn, PRCA director general Francis Ingham pledged to name and praise agencies that adopted a voluntary lower employee limit to reporting the gender pay gap.

He said: "The PRCA will publicly recognise all of the firms that sign up, in the format of quarterly reports containing the names of all those that have confirmed their commitment to publishing gender pay gap data."

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