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Acas statement on EHRC recommendations around ethnic minority and disabled staff

Thursday 30 August 2018

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is calling for mandatory reporting on staff recruitment, retention and promotion by ethnicity and disability in a new report published today.

Their research has revealed that 3% of organisations measure their ethnicity or disability pay gaps. They are calling for a legal requirement by April 2020 for employers with over 250 employees to monitor and report on ethnicity and disability in recruitment, retention and progression. Our statement is included below:

Acas Senior Adviser, John Palmer, said:

"Ethnic minority and disabled staff must be treated in the same way as other employees on pay and promotion. We know that employers with a diverse workforce can reap many business benefits as they can tap into the knowledge and skills of staff from a wide range of backgrounds.


"Acas has a set of free guides to help organisations and businesses understand the basics around equality and discrimination. We are happy to work with the EHRC and the Government on new guidance if there's a change in law to introduce pay gap reporting for BAME or disabled workers."

Further background:

Acas free equality guides can be found at: www.acas.org.uk/equality

Acas also offers training courses for employers on equality and diversity