Response to Dispatches investigation into gender pay gap reporting

Monday 19 March 2018

Response to Dispatches investigation into gender pay gap reporting

YWTResponding to today’s Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’, ‘The Truth About Your Pay’, which looked at the ways in which employers are using loopholes to present their data favourably, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

“Organisations need to be honest about their gender pay gaps if we are to have any chance of fixing them and achieving equality.

“We know that many women – especially young women and women of colour – are struggling to make ends meet because they are more likely to be on low pay. Discrimination and unequal caring arrangements still prevent many women progressing at work and reaching higher salary bands.

“The current lack of action means there is little hope that this will change any time soon. Young Women’s Trust research shows that just a third of young people think there will be an equal number of women business leaders by the time they’re middle-aged.

“We need to help more women into male-dominated sectors and ensure women can reach senior positions. Helping parents share childcare more equally and supporting women back into the workforce after taking time out through flexible working opportunities would make a big difference, too. And, where companies find they have a gap, there should be a requirement to put in place a plan to close it. Without action, today’s young women face a lifetime of unequal pay.”


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust is a charity that supports and represents women in England and Wales aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Employers with more than 250 employees are publishing their gender pay gap on the Government website here. The deadline to publish the data is 4 April 2018.
  3. Dispatches investigated the way in which employers are reporting their gender pay gaps on 19 March 2018.
  4. For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at or on 07963018281.