Gender: Equality

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 19th March 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in respect of (1) business, and (2) the public sector, to increase visibility and activity to promote gender equality.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

In 2017 the Government introduced ground-breaking regulations requiring large employers, in both the public and private sector, to publish annually the differences between what they pay their male and female staff in average salaries and bonuses. They must do this by the deadlines of March 30th for public sector organisations, and April 4th for private and voluntary organisations

The transparency generated by these regulations will motivate employers to identify barriers to women’s progression in the workplace, and to take action to address them. It will also drive employers to increase awareness of the work they are already undertaking to achieve gender equality.

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