Race Disparity Unit consultation: Ethnicity pay reporting

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit have launched a consultation on a mandatory approach to ethnicity pay reporting.

They are seeking views on ethnicity pay reporting by employers, including what should be reported and by who, and what immediate next steps should be taken. The deadline for responses is 11 January 2019.

The consultation aims to help government and employers to move forward on ethnicity pay reporting in a consistent and transparent way. Together, responses will inform future government policy on pay reporting.

Questions asked in the consultation include:

  • What are the main benefits for employers in reporting their ethnicity pay information?
  • What type of information should be reported to enable meaningful action, without placing undue burdens on business?
  • What supporting data (if any) should be disclosed?
  • Should an employer that identifies pay disparities be required to publish an action plan for addressing these?
  • What are the most effective approaches for employers to improve employee self-reporting or declaration rates?
  • Should a standardised approach to classifications of ethnicity be used?
  • What size of employer should be within scope for mandatory reporting?

You can respond to the consultation online at the link below, as well as by email or post.

Find out more about the consultation and how to respond here.