Catholic diocese among those named for late pay gap reporting

May 20, 2019

The Roman Catholic diocese of Westminster is among 47 employers named and shamed for missing the deadline to report their gender pay gap.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it had notified the organisations that it would start formal investigations to determine whether they were breaking the law by withholding the data.

If so they will be required to publish it immediately and those that do not cooperate could be issued with a formal notice and unlimited fine.

The diocese of Westminster said in a statement the delay in its report had been caused by issues with the data from its payroll system and that it was committed to publishing the report as soon as possible.

Other employers named on the list included the Bright Tribe Trust - a multi-academy trust with 16 schools - and Gulfstream Aerospace Ltd, a private jet company.

All organisations with 250 or more employees are required to publish their gender pay gap information every year.

The deadline to do so was midnight on 30 March this year for public sector employers and 4 April for those in the private and voluntary sector.

The EHRC said 10,753 organisations have reported their gender pay gaps for this year.

EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said: "Transparency is a vital step if we are to achieve gender equality in the workplace.

"There's no excuse for missing the deadline and we will be making sure that all employers that haven't published their figures are held to account."

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, which covers London boroughs north of the Thames as well as Hertfordshire, is the largest in England and Wales by Catholic population and number of priests.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, leads the Catholic church in England and Wales.

The diocese previously reported a median gender pay gap of 11.2% for 2017.

It said at the time that most of its largely female employees were in lower-paid, part-time roles at the parish level while most of its male employees were in higher paid, full-time roles within the central organisation of the diocese.

Responding to the latest EHRC report, the diocese said: "The delay in publishing the 2018 gender pay gap report on our website is the result of issues with the data from our payroll system.

"We have been working closely with our payroll system provider to resolve these issues so that accurate data can be extracted from the system.

"We are fully committed to completing and publishing the report as soon as possible."

Gulfstream said a "clerical oversight" had resulted in its latest gender pay gap report not being submitted on time and that "the information will be submitted this week".

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