EEF responds to Government's gender pay gap announcement

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Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement on ending the gender pay gap, Tim Thomas, Head of Employment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

“Manufacturers are already taking action to address the diminishing gender pay gap, and will support Government to introduce gender pay reporting in an effective and balanced way.

“Businesses will want to ensure that the data they publish on any gender pay gap is not confused with equal pay – with the difference between the two not always obvious and the UK already having had equal pay legislation since 1970. Government will need to implement the new rules in a flexible way allowing employers to demonstrate the action they are taking to address any gender pay gap and allow businesses the time to work with their employees to tackle the complex issues surrounding gender pay.”

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