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Almost all firms claim they are fixing gender pay, survey finds

An overwhelming majority of British businesses say they are taking concrete action to close their gender pay gaps, according to an influential new survey – but by focusing their efforts to address diversity on entry level recruitment, many may find their next round of reporting contains a nasty surprise.

A December 2018 poll of 250 firms employing 1 million people by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found 93 per cent were actively tackling their gender pay gap, up 31 percentage points on the same point a year earlier.

Sixty per cent of respondents said diversity helped attract and retain staff, and around half felt it brought new skills into the workforce. The CBI said this demonstrated a “sincere” will to report, understand and close gender pay gaps.

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January 29, 2019

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