The gender pay gap deadline for reporting what employees earn is under a month away and yet only one in six UK employers has submitted their figures to the Government.
It is the first year that UK businesses with more than 250 employees must provide the authorities with data on how they pay their staff. However, they are not exactly queuing up to do so.
Meanwhile, of those that have complied, many law firms “appear to be abiding by the letter of the law but not the spirit”, according to Nicky Morgan, Chair of the Treasury Select Committee.
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which operates at arm’s length from the Government, has the discretion to punish employers that do not comply with the data requirements.
However, when asked if it was concerned about the professional firms’ figures, the EHRC issued a statement saying it had “mechanisms in place to identify questionable data”, without commenting specifically on the figures it had received.
In separate news, the UK does not seem to be doing too well when it comes to the gender pay gap, having been ranked 25th out of 30 European countries for the difference in pay between men and women.
According to the research, which uses data from the Eurostat Gender Pay Gap Statistics, the UK has a gender pay gap score of 2.85. This compares poorly with Luxembourg and Italy, which topped the list with scores of 10.
However, the UK did better than Estonia, which scored zero, followed by the Czech Republic on 2.06, Germany, on 2.29 and Austria, on 2.43.