28 MARCH 2019

With just one week to go until the gender pay gap reporting deadline, the BBC has reported that nearly two-thirds of companies have not yet disclosed their pay gaps.

Fawcett Chief Executive Sam Smethers says:

"Most employers are leaving it until the last minute to report and it is disappointing that a significant proportion of those who have reported have got larger pay gaps.

"We need to tighten up the law to require them to have action plans in place which address all causes of the pay gap, increasing the number of women at the top, more access to flexible working and getting more women into male-dominated sectors.

"But in some cases the gaps will be caused, at least in part, by pay discrimination, which is illegal. As employers review their pay data, they must address any unequal pay they find."

The Fawcett Society and YESS Law are working in partnership to offer an Equal Pay Advice Service targeted at those whose gross income is £30,000 per year or less and who do not have access to legal advice.

If you believe that you may be experiencing pay discrimination, you can access the Service hereThis is made possible by donations to our Equal Pay Fund which was started by a donation from Carrie Gracie. Please donate here to support this vital work.