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Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Baroness McGregor-Smith Baroness McGregor-Smith Conservative

Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to address the ethnicity pay gap; and if so, when such legislation will be introduced.

Photo of Lord Duncan of Springbank Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government ran a consultation from October 2018 to January 2019 on Ethnicity Pay Reporting and received over 300 detailed responses. BEIS Ministers and officials have met with businesses and representative organisations to understand the barriers towards reporting and what information could be published to allow for meaningful action to be taken. We have also run voluntary methodology testing with a broad range of businesses to better understand the complexities outlined in the consultation using real payroll data and will share next steps in due course.

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