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Music industry campaigning and lobbying group UK Music has called on the Government to help “remove the barriers” that stand in the way of closing the gender pay gap, and said “swifter and greater” progress was needed to tackle the issue.

The intervention from UK Music followed the 5 October deadline for large employers to report their latest gender pay gap figures.

UK Music chief executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin (pictured) said, “There have been some welcome improvements on tackling the gender pay gap, which will come down as more women take on senior and leadership positions within their organisations.

“Many businesses in the music industry have introduced excellent schemes to help bring about positive changes. However, there are still worrying gender pay gaps in the music industry and workplaces everywhere.

“We need swifter and greater progress to address some of the structural barriers that hinder the progress of women in the workplace.

“The Government must do more to help tackle these challenges. This includes addressing the need for more equitable parental leave schemes that work for all families, ensuring well-funded and accessible childcare, and ensuring access to justice for victims of workplace discrimination.

“Employers should fully support employees when they have children, embrace flexible working whenever possible, and review structures that lead to disappointing pay gaps.

“By working together and continuing to press everyone to close the gender pay gap we can put the music industry at the forefront of bringing about fairness and inclusivity in the workplace.”

UK Music diversity taskforce chair Ammo Talwar said, “The gender pay gap is at the heart of the debate over equality and diversity and it is concerning that such glaring inequities remain in our sector.

“We have known about these issues across the music industry for years, it’s now time to instil a better framework. All companies need to be held accountable for taking on this issue.

“UK Music and its Diversity Taskforce is determined to continue building on our Ten-Point Plan to help eliminate the gender pay gap.

“It’s time every employer in the music industry – large and small – signed up to the aims of the Ten-Point Plan. It is vital that all employers look at their structures and ensure they have the right framework in place to create a more inclusive and diverse industry.”

UK Music diversity taskforce deputy chair Paulette Long said, “Tackling the gender pay gap as we emerge from a crisis that has disproportionately hit women and their incomes is more urgent than ever.

“The pace of change needs to be accelerated so women do not have to wait for yet more years before the necessary actions are taken that will allow us to see more equitable outcomes in the way we are paid.”