Following the Government Equalities Offices suspension of the gender pay gap reporting deadline for 2019/20, and given the ongoing focus on COVID-19, reporting announcements were significantly slower in 2020/21 than in earlier years.
Following the Government Equalities Office’s suspension of the gender pay gap reporting deadline for 2019/20, and given the ongoing focus on COVID-19, reporting announcements were significantly slower in 2020/21 than in earlier years. On 24 February 2021, the GEO announced a delay in enforcement for 2020/21 reporting to 5 October 2021 and the usual reporting rush towards 5 April didn’t happen.
Just under 25% of companies reported prior to 5 April 2021 and reporting continued steadily throughout April and May and was 32% as at 31 May 2021. However, reporting within the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure (“HTL”) sector was significantly below this, at 19%. To a large extent, this reflects the impact of COVID-19 on HTL businesses.
Based on the limited group who had reported by 31 May 2021, we saw the following trends:
- Lack of progress in the figures – While average mean and median pay gaps in the wider market fell in 2020/21, the limited number of companies who reported consistently in HTL saw an increase for the first time in 3 years.
- Limited movement in the most senior and junior roles – The pay gaps continue to reflect the fact that across HTL there are far more men than women in the best paid senior positions and technical roles and far more women in lower paid jobs.
- Renewed focus – Recent times have given rise to unprecedented challenges for HTL businesses, but we anticipate a return from lockdown with a heightened focus on corporate purpose and long term strategy.
To read more about our findings and key considerations for HTL employers download the new report that has been created in collaboration with WiHTL (Diversity in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure) here (PDF).
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