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UK gender pay gap legislation much less ”robust” than in other countries, report finds

The Fawcett Society and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London (KCL), which analysed the gender pay gap reporting legislation of ten countries, has revealed in their report that the UK is “unique in its light-touch approach” to tackling the gender pay gap. In particular, the related research highlighted the UK’s failure to require private employers to produce action plans for reducing their gender pay gap, with only one other country, Austria, also not requiring this.

Additionally, the report placed the UK ahead of its peers in terms of transparency and compliance; in 2019, 100% of eligible employers reported their statistics.  Nevertheless, the report did call for the pay gap reporting requirement currently applicable in England, Scotland and Wales to be extended beyond companies with 250 employees or more.