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February 2021 Update: Due to the continuing impact of Covid-19, it has been announced that employers will have a further six months from the original deadline of 4 April to submit their Gender Pay Gap report. This means that the deadline has now been extended to 5 October 2021. Further details can be found here.

From 2017 onwards, employers with a headcount of 250 or more employees at their snapshot date are required to publish a gender pay gap (GPG) report.  This requirement applies to Great Britain; England, Scotland and Wales.

In 2020 the GPG reporting requirements for 2019/20 were suspended because of Coronavirus but employers could publish a report if they wanted to. Over half of those who reported in the previous year did so, which amounted to around 6,000 employers.

How does the government furlough scheme affect Gender Pay Gap reporting ?

Staff who have been placed on furlough during the relevant period for GPG should be excluded from the calculations for hourly pay unless their furlough pay was topped up to 100% salary. 

However, relevant employees should be included in the headcount and bonus calculations.

If employers have furloughed staff, they will need to check the guidance carefully. To view the guidance and for details of the data you must collect visit:

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