A panel says companies should not be forced to publish gender pay gap in Jersey

There is currently no requirement for employers in Jersey to report any pay differences. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

A year long investigation into the Gender Pay Gap in Jersey has revealed there are pay differences between male and female employees carrying outcomparable jobs.

Unlike the UK, there is currently no requirement for employers in the island to report any pay differences, and the panel does not recommend one is introduced.

Instead it has a number of recommendations to change the culture in Jersey's business and economy.

It says there should be a Gender Pay Gap Report published once a year, starting in 2020.

It has identified the following factors which are believed to contribute to the current gender pay gap in the island:

  • Gender stereotypes from school age.

  • Occupational segregation stemming from subject choice at school.

  • Unconscious bias in the workplace.

  • The “glass ceiling” which stops women reaching upper levels in the workplace.

  • More women taking on domestic commitments.

  • More women taking on caring responsibilities.

  • The Panel has made 36 key findings and 13 recommendations in its report.

The report suggests statistical evidence is required in order to assess the extent of the pay gap in Jersey's economy.

In Guernsey there are calls for the government to force companies to publish their gender pay gaps.

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