26/10/2015

PM Pledges To Eradicate Gender Pay Gap

The Prime Minister has announced new measures aimed at eradicating gender pay inequality and remove barriers to women's success.

It follows a commitment from Mr David Cameron in July, to "end the gender pay gap in a generation".

The new measures sees the government pledge to:

• force larger employers to publish information about their bonuses for men and women as part of their gender pay gap reporting

• extend our plans for gender pay gap reporting beyond private and voluntary sector employers to include the public sector

• work with business to eliminate all-male boards in the FTSE 350

These announcements are part of wider plans, which will be set out this week to help women and groups across Britain as part of this government's determination to extend opportunity to all.

Earlier this year, business hit the 25% target for women on boards set by Lord Davies and supported by the government in 2011. Lord Davies is now preparing to release his final report on women on boards, which will outline his final recommendations.

Prime Minister David Cameron: "You can't have true opportunity without equality. There is no place for a pay gap in today's society and we are delivering on our promises to address it."

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan added: "Governing as one nation means ensuring everyone is given a fair shot to succeed, regardless of their gender. That's why, from the opportunities women are given in school to the ability to move up the executive pipeline, we are determined to tackle the barriers to women achieving their all.

"Business has made huge amounts of progress already in recent years – the gender pay gap is the lowest since records began, but it should appal us all that, 100 years on from the Suffragette movement, we still don't have gender equality in every aspect of our society.

"That's why I'm delighted that we are going further than ever before to ensure true gender equality in the workplace."

(MH/CD)

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