Why is so much anxiety being expressed about how few employers have so far reported on their gender pay gap? Employers are free to choose their own reporting date and they have until spring next year to do so. Yes, the Government Equalities Office was hoping employers would step up smartly, but why should they do so? It was always going to be the case that the many would wait to see what the few had to say, and it was always going to be the case that organisations already subject to a variety of reporting requirements would choose to align gender pay gap reporting with other key organisational reports.
Hard to escape the suspicion that some who might stand to win business from creating anxiety are doing just that. Most commentaries finish with the phrase ‘for help with gender pay gap reporting contact ….’