It has been revealed in the media today that the Prime Minister is launching a consultation regarding the possibility of forcing employers to report on the pay structures of ethnic employees compared to non-ethnic ones.
This follows much discussion by many politicians and government offices on the discrepancies in pay structures for ethnic groups who state that generally they have to submit twice as many cv’s for job applications compared to their non-ethnic peers.
The aim of the consultation, which will run until January, is to encourage businesses to share views on what information they should publish to address any discrepancies but also ensuring that there is not an ‘undue burden’ put on business owners.
Theresa May says that “Our focus is now on making sure the UK’s organisations, boardrooms and senior management teams are truly reflective of the workplaces they manage, and the measures we are taking today will help employers identify the actions needed to create a fairer and more diverse workforce.” Read more here.
So, what should employers do to address this issue. Firstly, you should review your recruitment procedures to ensure they don’t discriminate against any minority groups. You should also ensure that your pay structures are in line with the company’s equality and diversity policy.
Business owners who are unsure on how to proceed to be prepared for the possibility of ethnicity pay gap reporting, can call HCHR for advice and guidance: