Pay gap reporting has long been mooted to extend beyond gender pay gap reporting and into other areas including race pay gaps and pay ratios. This month the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published data that suggested employees of Bangladeshi heritage or origin received 20% less pay per hour in comparison to the average pay for White British comparators.

The report also showed there was a pay gap for Pakistani (17%) and Black African/Caribbean/British (9%) workers. However, the report also found that Chinese (31%) and Indian (12%) workers earned more per hour than White British staff.

Whilst this is a report based purely on the ONS’s data, if race pay gap reporting were to be introduced it would show a sign that there is a pay gap. The report suggests that career progression could be the cause of the gap as younger staff of all ethnicities have the little to no gap.