Much has been written about the disproportionate effect that COVID-19 has had on the female workforce. According to research conducted by the Women’s Budget Group, around 133,000 more women were furloughed across the UK throughout the months of March 2020 to August 2020 in comparison to men (due largely to women needing to take time off work to care for children, and because more women work in the sectors affected most by COVID-19, such as travel, leisure and hospitality). Women were also shown to be the majority of furloughed workers in every UK region (with the exception of the West Midlands) with more women being furloughed than men in 72% of parliamentary constituencies.
Not much, however, has been written on how COVID-19 will impact on Gender Pay Gap (GPG) reporting and, what, if anything, employers can do to address that impact.
If you require any assistance with carrying out your GPG calculations as well as assistance with the accompanying narrative, please do not hesitate the contact a member of Knights' Employment team.