Gender-Pay Gap: Companies Reporting Gender-Identity Over Biology

Recent reports exposed a significant shift in guidelines for reporting gender pay gap figures. Civil servants advise employers to collect data based on how workers identify rather than their biological sex. 

Rethinking Reporting Methods

Companies with over 250 employees are mandated to report their gender pay gap. However, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) now encourages firms to collect information based on the gender each employee identifies with. 

The fine line distinction between biological sex and gender identity emerged as a central concern. Dr. Kate Coleman, a gender-critical campaigner, warned that gathering information based on gender identity may inadvertently obscure trends in women’s wages. 

“Sex has a systematic effect on pay and this is why we should ask for this information, rather than any alternative,” argued Dr. Coleman.

“This compromises all data reporting in this area, rendering it fundamentally unreliable,” Dr. Coleman stated.

The guidance issued by the GEO appeared to diverge from previous directives. Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch, in December, said she is “looking very closely” at how to make the guidance clearer.

More Sensitivity Urged In Report

The GEO now advises employers to be “sensitive” to employees’ gender identification. “To reduce the risk of this, try to use information employees have already provided,” suggested the updated guidance.

A source close to Badenoch stated, “We are constantly finding this sort of stuff buried in Whitehall guidance and regulations.” 

Dr. Coleman urged a correction in GEO guidance to align it with updated directives and regulations. “The GEO guidance is based on an incorrect (and frankly perverse) interpretation of the gender pay gap regulations,” she said.

“We strongly recommend that GEO guidance is corrected to ensure that the protected characteristic of sex (as registered at birth) is used as the basis for gender pay gap reporting as this will be consistent with your updated guidance and with relevant regulations,” Coleman said.

A Call for Trust Restoration

Dr. Coleman argued that adopting their recommendations would restore trust, not just in official statistics but in the government itself. “Implementation of our recommendations would be another step towards restoring trust,” she asserted.

The Founder of SEEN in the City, an organization for sex-rights in the financial sector, spoke of the importance of accurate data. “We need accurate data on the pay gap between men and women based on sex.”

The confusion arising from the interchangeability of “gender” and “sex” in reporting terms poses challenges in identifying and addressing issues impacting women’s pay and progression.

While the government asserted that individual organizations are responsible for accurate data collection, questions linger about the potential impact of inconsistent guidelines. A government spokesman said, “Gender pay gap regulations allow employers to report using their own data.” 

A Call for Standardization

As debates intensify, the need for standardized reporting methods becomes evident. Dr. Coleman proposes a shift from “gender pay gap” to “sex pay gap” for clarity in reporting.

“This is clearly what the Equality Act 2010 intended to be measured,” she said. Standardizing terminology could remove any confusion and foster a more accurate representation of pay gaps.

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