On 5 April, the BBC published an article on Gender pay.
It was reported that ‘fewer than half of UK biggest employers have succeeded in narrowing their gender pay gap’.
This is our response to the news:
“Diverse Cymru is saddened but not surprised to understand that less than half of the UK’s biggest employers have succeeded in narrowing their gender pay gap, according to analysis by the BBC. Diverse Cymru, as an equality charity, believes that women and men should receive the same pay, benefits and opportunities for progression.
We welcome the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) position on this matter, and encourage employers to also adopt work practices to support a reduction in the gender pay gap, such as agile working, targeted internal learning, mentoring, coaching, and progressive maternity and paternity arrangements.
We also call on employers to examine other equality related pay gaps, such as disability and ethnicity pay gaps, as these pay gaps are similarly established, yet often not discussed.”
Responding to these reports, Diverse Cymru’s Chief Operating Officer, Bill Smale says “With women remaining at greater risk of violence and poverty, and accounting for only 6% of chief executives in Wales – we believe in defending and promoting the rights of women in Wales.”
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Notes to Editors
- Diverse Cymru is a unique Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination because of: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.