Dawn , commenting on the deadline for large employers to report their gender pay gaps, said:

“Despite being two years into pay reporting, it is clear there is still a very long way to go before we tackle the gender pay gap. The fact that the public sector pay gap has widened in the last year proves that simply requiring companies to report data is not enough, and risks becoming a tick-box exercise.

“There can now be no more excuses from this Government – it is time they took the next step by ensuring companies tackle the structural barriers and the harmful culture that is holding so many women back. The fact that the across 45% of firms the discrepancy in pay increased in favour of men proves the Government’s current strategy is not working.

“The next Labour Government will ensure that companies with good gender practices receive government certification, while those that fail to take action to close their pay gaps will face auditing and fines. It is only action like this that will drive the cultural change we need.”

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