Commitment to pay gap reporting by ethnicity from Conservative Party

The Conservative Party manifesto has included a pledge to tackle the injustice of racial pay disparities by introducing transparency over how different ethnic groups are paid. The commitment will see existing gender pay gap reporting requirements extended to men and women of different ethnicities.

Responding to the announcement, Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, said: “The McGregor-Smith Review of Race in the Workplace calls for all businesses with more than 50 employees to publish a breakdown of employees by race, ideally by pay band, as well as monitoring pay by ethnicity and setting targets to close any gaps. Whilst it’s clear this is not necessarily a simple action, it’s good to see the Government reinforcing its commitment to act on this issue. However, closing pay gaps is only part of the solution, and employers should also ensure that they are committed to race equality and inclusion at every level, such as through examining the number of BAME candidates in their recruitment and promotion processes and taking steps to tackle under-representation.”

“The McGregor-Smith Review also recommended that Business in the Community establish a list of the top 100 employers on race equality and inclusion. The Best 100 Employers for Race listing is now open for entry to UK employers of all sizes and from all sectors, and closes on Friday 2nd June. All this contributes to business taking action on this issue and I would encourage all employers to take part.”