Calls For Companies To Report Gender Pay Gap Data

Deputy Louise Doublet is asking large companies in Jersey to voluntarily report their annual gender pay gap data.

The St Saviour Deputy says 'time is running out' for women who are currently working, as most of those over the age of 38 will be retired by the time the pay gap is closed.

If the proposal is approved, the Chief Minister would have to contact all business who employ more than 50 people to ask them to publish the data along with an action plan.

This would be voluntary, however, if a target percentage of these companies voluntarily publishing their gender pay gap data is not reached by International Women's Day 2025 then it could become mandatory.

Deputy Louise Doublet explains that unequal pay is still an issue in Jersey.

“Although there are pockets of progress on closing the gender pay gap within some companies and industries, overall the gap has not really improved and it has even widened in some areas. 

Recent data from PWC has shown that our economy could benefit hugely from an improvement in female workforce participation.

And of course it is the right thing to do – gender has nothing to do with how intelligent or competent a person is and we must stop holding women back with outdated perceptions and biases.

Persistent gender norms mean that women still take on the majority of household and childcare tasks. Unequal distribution of these tasks can result in a motherhood penalty in the workplace and this is a significant contributor to the gender pay gap."

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