The CIPD has welcomed news that gender pay gap reporting enforcement will be delayed until Monday 4 October 2021 in recognition of the impact of Covid-19 on organisations.
The group stated that organisations with a headcount of 250 or more should still report their gender pay gap figures by Sunday 4 April 2021.
Claire McCartney, senior resourcing and inclusion adviser at the CIPD, said: “We welcome the announcement from the EHRC confirming gender pay gap reporting enforcement won’t be suspended this year. However, we have concerns that delayed enforcement could send the wrong signal to employers that reporting can go on the backburner.
“Economically, women have been adversely and disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Now is not the time for employers to take their foot off the pedal when it comes to their commitment to closing the gender pay gap.”
She claimed that the earlier that employers report their findings, the “better position” they will be in to “take action and make meaningful change”.
McCartney added that this year it’s important that employers “don’t just report their numbers”; they need to publish an “accompanying narrative” and action plan as well.
She said: “The pandemic will have had an impact on their figures. They will need to understand and explain this, and set out how they plan to improve gender equality and tackle pay gaps where they exist.”