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Actions to close the gender pay gap

Overview

Employers have asked us which actions are likely to improve recruitment and progression of women and reduce the gender pay gap.

This guidance summarises approaches that have been shown to work and those which need more evidence before they can be recommended as widespread approaches. This will help employers create more effective action plans.

Employers who use high quality data to understand the drivers of their gender pay gap will be able to target their actions and therefore deliver the most effective results.

This guidance is based on the best available evidence currently. It will be regularly updated as the evidence base develops.

Where possible, we have used evidence based on randomised controlled trials that were conducted in the field and that measure objective outcomes related to recruitment, progression and promotion. High quality evidence is currently scarce in the field of gender equality in the workplace.

To build better evidence, we encourage researchers and employers to evaluate the actions they take to improve gender equality in the workplace.

The Government Equalities Office will be working with employers to build more evidence on what works. If you represent an organisation with 4000 or more employees in the UK and would like to partner with us, please contact the Gender and Behavioural Insights programme gabiprogramme@bi.team
This is a programme run by the Behavioural Insights Team for the Government Equalities Office.

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