Joe Levenson, Director of Campaigns and Communications at Young Women’s Trust said:
“Almost a year on from when enforcement of gender pay gap reporting was first suspended, we are disappointed that it is seemingly being delayed yet again. It is vital that we have data on the gender pay gap as a matter of urgency, so we can properly understand the inequalities the pandemic has already worsened, and so that government policy can reflect this.
Alongside gender pay gap reporting we are also calling for the equality impact of every government policy to be assessed and reported on, as only this level of scrutiny will protect young women as we move into recovery from the pandemic. It’s also essential that employers are required to report on redundancies by protected characteristics such as age, sex and ethnicity. If the government is serious about levelling up and ensuring that no young women is left behind, it cannot ignore the experiences of diverse young women on the economic and wider impacts on their lives.”