Acas and the Government Equalities Office have published guidance on how businesses can calculate and report their gender pay gap.
The guide has been launched in the run-up to new gender pay gap reporting Regulations, which come into force for private-sector businesses employing 250 or more people from 5 April.
The legislation requires employers with 250 or more staff to publish figures every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees. For example, it may show that on average men earn 15% more pay per hour than women, that men earn 10% more in bonuses per year than women, or that the lowest paid quarter of the workforce is mostly female.
These results must be published on the employer’s own website and a government site and means that the gender pay gap will be publicly available, including customers, employees and potential recruits. As a result, employers should consider taking new or faster actions to reduce or eliminate their gender pay gaps.
Employers will have up to 12 months to publish this information. Public sector regulations are subject to the approval of Parliament but are expected to follow the same timescale.
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About the Author
Philip McCabe is an experienced employment lawyer who has been advising businesses and individuals on a wide range of employment and HR issues since 2000.
He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Industrial Law Society, and Law Society. He regularly writes for national publications on employment law issues and is a regular columnist in the Derbyshire Times.