COVID-19 - Gender Pay Gap Reporting Suspension

25 March 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, it has been confirmed by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that there is a suspension to the gender pay gap reporting for 2019/20. On this basis, there will be no requirement for employers to report their information this year 

The decision has come due to the uncertainty and pressure being faced by employers at this time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In normal circumstances, failure to report gender pay gap data would lead to investigation and employers could face unlimited fines, court action and bad publicity 

A number of employers have already reported their 2019/20 data (over 3,000 or 26% of the anticipated businesses who were due to report) and the GEO have advised that they will continue to provide the support required to employers if they do still wish to report their data for 2019/20 

For further information on the suspension or assistance with your gender pay gap reporting, please contact Charlotte Edwards, a member of our dedicated COVID-19 support team who can also be reached at   

If you are unsure about what Government support package is available to your business, we are here to help. We have created a simple toolkit that cuts through the noise and makes you aware of exactly what help is available to you. It takes a few minutes to fill out and you can find it on our COVID-19 Information hub

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