As the UK’s gender pay gap reporting deadline looms, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is calling on employers to fulfil their reporting obligations and take proactive steps to address workplace inequalities.

A recent CIPD report, produced in collaboration with payroll systems provider ADP, has uncovered that nearly 17% of large UK organisations failed to comply with legal reporting requirements in the previous year.

With the gender pay gap persisting as a significant challenge in the UK, organisations employing over 250 individuals are mandated to report their gender pay gap data annually. The latest report reveals that entities with 250 to 499 employees are more likely to acknowledge non-compliance with reporting obligations during the 12 months leading up to October 2023.

Reporting as a Tool for Change

While gender pay gap reporting alone may not eliminate disparities, the analysis of pay data serves as a crucial tool for human resources professionals. It provides insights into the root causes of pay gaps within organisations, enabling the development of action plans to rectify any imbalances. CIPD’s recently updated guides offer comprehensive assistance to professionals in comprehending the gender pay gap and effectively reporting on it.

Charles Cotton, Senior Reward Adviser at CIPD, emphasizes, “Pay gaps don’t mean women are paid less than men for doing the same job but can indicate room for improvement in equality and inclusion when it comes to recruiting, managing, developing, and rewarding people.”

Striving for Fairer, Inclusive Workplaces

As gender pay gap reporting emerges as a critical aspect of fostering workplace equality, CIPD underscores its commitment to supporting organisations in meeting their reporting obligations. The initiative aims not only to ensure legal compliance but also to encourage a deeper understanding of the underlying factors contributing to pay disparities, fostering a culture of inclusivity and equality in the workplace.

As the deadline approaches, CIPD encourages employers to use its resources and guides to navigate the reporting process effectively. By providing practical insights and guidance, CIPD aims to empower organisations to take a proactive stance in addressing gender pay gaps and fostering workplaces that are not only legally compliant but also equitable and diverse.