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Equal Pay

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Government portal for gender pay gap reporting contains accurate and up to date information.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

It is an employer’s legal responsibility to ensure that they report on time and that their figures are accurate. The vast majority of the over 10,500 that reported last year have completed the calculations correctly. In 2018, the Equality and Human Rights Commission commenced enforcement action against 100 employers suspected of publishing inaccurate gender pay gap figures.

The EHRC enforcement found that they were a result of errors, rather than a deliberate attempt to mislead. They have worked closely with employers to identify and correct errors. All of whom have now either verified their figures or identified and corrected calculation errors.

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