Lockdown on the gender pay gap

The world looks very different than it did a year ago, even a month ago. The impact of COVID-19 is widespread and has implications for every part of society, with specific impacts on women’s labour market inequality and wider inequality.

One casualty of the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis is employer gender pay gap reporting. While this may not seem like a priority in the current circumstances, women’s pre-existing inequality means women are more at risk as they are the majority of frontline workers spearheading the response to the virus and are doubly impacted by increased caring responsibilities as childcare and social care provision dries up. For those women in precarious employment these additional responsibilities are even harder to accommodate due to variable hours and a lack of sick pay, increasing their insecurity in these already challenging times.