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21 June 2017

Extension of pay gap monitoring to race unlikely

The Queen’s Speech has this to say on pay gap monitoring:

“My Government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation.”

Gender Pay Gap
  • This year we introduced mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting regulations for large employers.
  • To help tackle the causes of the Gender Pay Gap, we have introduced Shared Parental Leave, and extended the right to request Flexible Working. We are also doubling the free childcare entitlements for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, and we introduced Tax-Free Childcare from April 2017. In the 2017 Budget, we allocated £5 million to support returners who have taken a break from work. 


  • The Race Disparity Audit was announced in August 2016 to look into racial disparities in public services stretching right across Government. The report will be published later this year. It will highlight the differences in outcomes for people of different backgrounds in every area from health to education, employment to welfare, skills and criminal justice.
  • The Government welcomed Ruby McGregor-Smith’s review of 'Race in the workplace', and we are working with Sir John Parker, Chairman of Anglo American Plc., to improve the ethnic diversity of boards by 2021.

Tackling the gender pay gap and discrimination is listed as a non-legislative initiative.

You can find the background notes that accompany the Queen’s Speech here.

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