Equal Pay

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Opposition Whip (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the position on equal pay for men and women in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills), Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In 2010, the gender pay gap for full-time employees was 10.2 per cent and 19.8 per cent when comparing the pay of all men and women. The Government are committed to promoting equal pay and are taking a range of measures to reduce the gender pay gap. On 14 September, Government launched a new voluntary framework for gender equality reporting with BT, Tesco, Eversheds and the CBI. The "Think, Act, Report" initiative is aimed at private and voluntary sector employers to help tackle the pay gap through greater transparency on pay and other workforce issues.

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