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COVID-19: Gender pay gap reporting deadlines suspended

27 March 2020: Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps for 2019/20 following a government announcement that the deadlines were suspended for this reporting year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision means there will be no expectation on employers to report their data by the deadline of 4 April 2020 for private sector organisations or 30 March for the public sector. Organisations can still voluntarily report the data if they wish.

ICAEW recommends that organisations retain the data collected for this year  as this will be required for comparative purposes when they report for 2020/21. In addition,  organisations will still need to collect their employee and pay data on the next snapshot date (5 April 2020 for the private sector, 31 March for the public sector), unless the government advises otherwise.

In a joint statement accompanying the announcement, Minister for Women & Equalities, Liz Truss, and EHRC Chair, David Isaac, said: “We recognise that employers across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty and pressure at this time. Because of this we feel it is only right to suspend enforcement of gender pay gap reporting this year.”

According to government figures, more than 3,000 employers have already reported their data via the gov.uk website this year (26% of expected reporters) and the Government Equalities Office will continue to provide support to employers in reporting their data should they wish to do so.

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