How we regulate our labour market will be a key factor in determining our ability to attract and retain jobs in the economy. Businesses need to be able to compete successfully in international markets. A balanced relationship between the employer and employees is essential.

Our focus must be on providing well designed and stable labour market regulation that allows for flexibility – enabling employers to respond to changing business demands, while also creating opportunities to build decent work for those wishing to vary their levels of participation in the workforce.
In a globally competitive economic environment, we need labour market policies that support the development of workplaces that are driven by dynamic science and technology. We need flexibility in our working practices, flexibility to engage, whether directly or collectively, and we need to be able to attract the talent needed to sustain strong economic growth.

Gender pay gap reporting is one part of a much-needed wider strategy to address female participation rates and employment gaps between genders. It will not on its own identify or solve the myriad of structural, cultural and policy causes for these differences, but it is a critical and welcome element.
While women make up over half the world’s population, it remains the case they are not fulfilling their potential in measured economic activity or in their contribution to the labour market. This has clear social and economic consequences, and business has an important role to play in finding solutions.

Ibec is supporting business as they complete their reporting obligations and share the work they are doing to tackle gender balance. We are engaging with government and other stakeholders to ensure that the model and method of gender pay gap reporting is fit for purpose. The Ibec guide on navigating the gender pay gap puts the figure clearly as a starting point from which the necessary questions can be asked, data interrogated and appropriate actions taken to achieve the objective that business and other stakeholders all support – that of gender equity.

Ibec Navigating the Gender Pay Gap Guide 2022 pdf | 344.1 kb

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