The deadline for private sector employers to publish their first year's gender pay gap data closed on 4 April. The EHRC estimated that around 1,500 companies are thought to have missed the deadline, although many have since filed late reports or may turn out to be out of scope of the reporting requirements.
More than 10,400 reports are now published on the government's gender pay gap service. This includes data from more than 200 organisations that published their data voluntarily despite having fewer than 250 employees and therefore falling out of scope of the requirements.
According to analysis by the FT on the published reports, carried out shortly after the deadline, 78% of employers have a pay gap in favour of men and the median gap in median hourly pay is 9.7%. Pay gaps are largest in the construction sector and finance and insurance sectors, as shown in the BBC's final analysis. The FT puts the average median gap in the finance and insurance sector at 22.2%, but also points out that there are anomalies in the data.
The EHRC has published its final enforcement strategy to deal with examples of non-compliance. There is some debate over whether the EHRC is legally entitled to use its statutory enforcement powers to respond to non-compliance with gender pay gap reporting, but the EHRC has committed to invoke those powers nonetheless. The EHRC makes clear that it will start by targeting employers who have not published any data, but also says that it has the means to identify employers who submit statistically improbable data and will consider taking action against them where it is reasonable and proportionate to do so.
The BEIS Select Committee is also launching a fair pay inquiry to review compliance with the gender pay gap reporting regulations. The inquiry will also consider the controls on excessive executive pay - see here for more details.