The Government Equalities Office confirms extension to Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline for 2020-21 to 5 October 2021

25 February 2021

The CIPP reported earlier this week that employers would be given an additional six months in which to submit their Gender Pay Gap data (GPG) due to the continued impact of coronavirus.

The Government Equalities Office has now officially confirmed this, which means that GPG data for 2020-21, which will use a snapshot data of 31 March 2020 for most public sector employers, or 5 April 2020 for private sector employees, does not need to be submitted until 5 October 2021.

Ordinarily, most public authority employers would need to meet the GPG submission deadline of 30 March, and private, voluntary and all other public authority employers would be required to submit the information by 4 April. Regardless of the normally observed deadlines, employers now all have until 5 October 2021 to report the relevant data, and if they do so, then no enforcement action will be taken against them.

Employers are reminded that they should continue to report their GPG information through the Gender pay gap service, which will be available for use for the current reporting year up until the amended deadline date. They will be able to report GPG information relating to the next reporting year from the beginning of April 2021.

Enforcement in relation to GPG data was completely suspended for the 2019-20 reporting year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, so employers did not have to report this information, but could still do so if they wished.


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