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Minister’s ‘extreme disappointment’ over companies’ reporting on gender pay gap

Labour MP Rachel Reeves raised the issue of reporting on gender pay during Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy questions.

Only 526 of the 9,000 companies who need to report their gender pay gap have done so, the Labour chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has revealed.

Rachel Reeves raised the issue of reporting on gender pay during Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy questions.

Responding, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry said she shared Ms Reeves’ “extreme disappointment” in companies failing to report the data.

Ms Reeves said: “By last Friday just 526 of the 9,000 companies who need to report their gender pay gap have done so.

“What powers does the Government have to compel companies to publish these numbers ahead of the April deadline as there are no civil or criminal sanctions in the regulations?”

Ms Perry replied: “Having just taken over the diversity portfolio in the department, I share her extreme disappointment in companies failing to report and I will take this matter forward and perhaps work with her as a matter of urgency.”

From last April, employers with more than 250 staff were required by law to publish figures on the gender pay and bonus gap.

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