Bri­tain mulls mak­ing firms dis­close eth­nic­ity pay gap

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

THE Bri­tish gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing com­pa­nies re­veal the pay gap be­tween white and non-white work­ers, in a bid to end dis­ad­van­tages faced by em­ploy­ees from eth­nic mi­nori­ties.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May says re­veal­ing the fig­ures might “un­cover some un­com­fort­able truths.”

She says “too of­ten eth­nic mi­nor­ity em­ploy­ees feel they’re hit­ting a brick wall when it comes to ca­reer pro­gres­sion.”

Last year the gov­ern­ment told com­pa­nies with 250 or more em­ploy­ees to dis­close the dif­fer­ence in me­dian wages be­tween men and women.

The gov­ern­ment said Thurs­day that busi­nesses in­clud­ing ac­coun­tants KPMG, ad­ver­tis­ing firm Saatchi & Saatchi and the civil ser­vice had signed up to a Race at Work Char­ter, promis­ing to re­cruit more eth­nic-mi­nor­ity em­ploy­ees and help their ca­reers ad­vance.

The gov­ern­ment will de­cide on manda­tory re­port­ing af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion. – AP

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