With just hours to go before the deadline for UK companies to report their gender pay data, the latest figures show that three out of every four businesses in the UK pay men more than women, with an average gap of 9.8 per cent.
Under rules introduced last year, UK employers with 250 or more workers are required to report the difference between what they pay men and women. The deadline for public sector employers passed at midnight on Friday, while the cut-off for private sector companies was midnight on Wednesday.
Ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, Theresa May, prime minister, called for more action to “close the gap for good within a generation”.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mrs May said that “progress in shrinking [the gap] remains far too slow”.
The government’s gender pay portal crashed on Wednesday morning as companies rushed to submit data ahead of the deadline.
By 4.30pm on Wednesday, 9,648 employers had submitted data, exceeding the government’s estimate that 9,000, including 1,000 public sector entities, would have to report.