A number of reports have cited the disproportionately negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment and earnings of women. There is a risk that the effects of the pandemic could further entrench preexisting inequalities, and that the economic impact of the pandemic on businesses could push pay equality down the agenda. Instead, we see the return to “normality” as the perfect opportunity to take stock and identify where inequality can be tackled.
This article explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s employment and why employers should consider conducting an equal pay audit now to understand where inequalities may exist and how to address them.
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