Wrong info on gender pay website

Written By: James Douglas
Published: May 4, 2017 Last modified: May 6, 2017

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has launched an online gender pay gap viewing service to enable the public to view information organisations have published so far to fulfil their gender pay gap reporting obligations.

The gender pay gap reporting regulations were introduced on April 6, with a snapshot date of April 5 for private and voluntary organisations.

The gender pay gap reporting regulations require employers with 250 or more employees to publish various data, including the difference between the mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.

Details must be reported to the government and published within the 12 months following the set snapshot date of 5 April every year.

However, just four companies have so far filed information and the website doesn’t inspire confidence when one of the companies – Hall Cleaning Services, which provides services to offices and schools in the Knowsley, Merseyside area – is classified by the GEO under the transportation and storage sector.

A second company – Contractor Umbrella – is classified under manufacturing, but offers tax-efficient company services to independent contractors. That makes it rather wary of the HM Revenue and Customs’’ (HMRC) crackdown on its sector, so much so that its website has an “Ask Roger” section where someone can have their tax and expenses questions answered by an ex-HMRC inspector.

A third, Louver-Lite, which manufactures window blind accessories, is classified as “activities of households as employers”.

The fourth organisation to register details is the Linlithgow-based Donaldson Trust, a charity which runs a residential and day school, providing education, therapy and care for pupils who are deaf or who have communication difficulties. The GEO hasn’t even bothered classifying it.