Commission welcomes new figures from ONS indicating gender pay gap has narrowed

Commenting on the Office of National Statistics figures published today, which show that the gender pay gap has narrowed for full-time workers in the UK, a spokesperson for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

'Today's figures show a continued trend for improvement in the gender pay gap.

'Transparency in the workplace around equal pay is the best way to speed up the narrowing of the gender pay gap. There are a number of ways that businesses can proactively do this.'

'For example, the government initiative of voluntary gender pay reporting Think, Act, Report is one tool that businesses can use to identify and tackle gender pay gaps. The Commission also has tools such as the equal pay audit toolkit for large businesses and a quick start guide to equal pay for small businesses.'

Equal pay audit toolkit

Quick-start guide to providing equal pay for small and medium sized businesses

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For further information please contact the Commission's media office on 020 3117 0255, out of hours 07767 272 818.

Notes to editors

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. It encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act and is recognised by the UN as an 'A status' National Human Rights Institute. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.

Last Updated: 22 Nov 2012