The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 and The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 are now in force which means that mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting obligations will apply to private, voluntary sector and certain public sector employers (in England) with 250+ employees.
The move is part of attempts to fight workplace discrimination.
The UK gender pay gap of 18.1% for all workers, or 9.4% for full-time staff.
Women and Equalities minister Justine Greening said "helping women to reach their full potential isn't only the right thing to do, it makes good economic sense".
Public, private and voluntary sector firms are now all required to disclose average pay for men and women, including any bonuses.
About half of the UK workforce will be affected by the new reporting rules, which encompass 9,000 employers and more than 15 million employees.
Firms must publish a snapshot of their employee pay as at 5 April 2017 if they are a private business or charity, or 31 March 2017 for those in the public sector.
In summary the obligations are as follows:
The Employment Team has extensive experience of dealing with pay data and can assist you with:
- Analysing your pay data
- Identifying any pay gap issues
- Preparing accompanying narratives; and
- Strategies to deal with any issues.
Further Information & Legal Advice
We have also prepared Geldards Guides to Gender Pay Gap Reporting for Business and for the Public Sector (England).
If you would like more information or have any queries relating to this article, please feel free to contact a member of the Employment Team.
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