In October 2017, the Race Disparity Audit revealed some glaring inequalities in pay between people of different ethnicities. For example:
“Pakistani or Bangladeshi employees received the lowest average hourly pay, which was £4.39 per hour less in the last three months of 2016 than Indian employees…”
This policy is a pledge to ask large employers to publish ethnicity pay information (something recommended by the independent McGregor-Smith Review into race in the workplace earlier in 2017) as part of efforts to increase workplace diversity and break down barriers for under-represented groups.
Following that report, and in response to the inequalities revealed by the Race Disparity Audit, the government announced a new Race at Work Charter on 11 October 2018 to drive forward recruitment and progression of ethnic minority employees.
Alongside the Charter, the government launched a consultation on ethnicity pay reporting, which concluded on 11 January 2019. The consultation included 11 questions around design and implementation of a mandatory reporting scheme. It also reaffirmed the manifesto commitment:
“The government believes it is time to move to mandatory ethnicity pay reporting.”
There has been considerable activity in terms of research and planning to meet this commitment, and the government has restated its intention to introduce mandatory reporting. Consultations are usually part of the process of framing laws, so it looks as though this will eventually move to ‘done’, but until the regulatory or legal changes are complete, the policy remains ‘in progress’. Follow this policy for updates.
- Race Disparity Audit – Gov.uk
- Race in the workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review – Gov.uk
- Race at Work 2018: The McGregor-Smith Review one year on – Gov.uk
- PM launches series of measures to tackle barriers facing ethnic minorities in the workplace – Gov.uk
- Ethnicity Pay Reporting: Government Consultation – Gov.uk