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Government gender pay gap plans a step in the right direction – Dr Clare Lyonette

Dr Clare Lyonette, from the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research, investigates all aspects of work and family including gender and class inequalities.

In response to the government’s plans to force large firms to disclose data on the gender pay gap among staff, she said:

“Of course it is welcome that the government is introducing new legislation to introduce mandatory reporting on pay for larger organisations, with the purpose of closing the gender pay gap, but there is still a long way to go.

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been calling for these changes for years. The legislation needs to ensure transparency and a real culture change within organisations, otherwise this may become just another tick-box exercise.

“There are also additional issues to address to ensure that women do not fall behind men in the workplace, such as the quality of part-time jobs and the full-time/part-time pay gap; the prohibitive costs of childcare; and any residual gender discrimination within organisations, whereby women are seen to be less committed to work than men.

“However, this is certainly a step in the right direction.”

Notes to Editors:

Issued by Lee Page, Communications Manager, Press and Policy Office, The University of Warwick. Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255, Mob: +44 (0)7920 531 221. Email:


Lee Page

Communications Manager, University of Warwick

Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255

Mob: +44 (0)7920 531 221