6th September 2021

Ethnicity and disability pay gap reporting on the horizon?

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The delayed deadline for gender pay gap reporting is fast approaching (that’s 5 October 2021 for those of you who thought you’d missed it) but more and more attention is now focussed on the prospect of ethnicity and disability pay gap reporting.

Although some employers already choose to disclose their ethnicity and disability pay gaps, it isn’t mandatory.  Back in 2018 the government published a consultation on ethnicity pay gap reporting, but it has not yet published its response.  However, a parliamentary petition, calling for the introduction of mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting, collected over 130,000 signatures meaning that this must now be debated in Parliament when it returns after the summer break.

In addition, the government’s new national disability strategy, which is focused on improving workplace inclusion and narrowing the disability employment gap, includes plans for an “Access to Work adjustments passport” and a consultation on whether organisations with 250 or more employees should produce disability workforce reports.

Whilst it is acknowledged that it isn’t as easy to publish statistical information on ethnicity and disability as it is for gender, I fully expect to see, at some point in the not too distant future, pay gap reporting for both ethnicity and disability.  

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