Consultation on compulsory gender pay reporting for large public-sector employers

Close date: 30 September 2016

The Government consults on introducing mandatory gender pay gap reporting for public-sector employers with at least 250 employees. It plans to introduce the same gender pay gap reporting regime for the public sector that will apply to the private and voluntary sectors. Public-sector employers will be required to report and publish data on the mean and median gender pay gap and mean and median bonus pay gap, and provide information on the number of male and female employees employed in quartile pay bands for the overall pay range. The first report must be published within 12 months of 5 April 2017.

The list of public-sector employers that are required to publish gender pay information is set out in schs.1 and 2 of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2260), including the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the BBC, the Judicial Appointments Commission, Health Education England, NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts, Acas, local government, the police and educational institutions. The requirement is to report and publish the data annually on a website that is accessible to employees and the public and ensure that the data is available on the website for at least three years. The EHRC has the power to take enforcement action for non-compliance.

The consultation seeks views on the issues surrounding the introduction of gender pay gap reporting for the public sector, including the scope of the public bodies included and the deadline by which public-sector employers will have to publish their gender pay information.
Consultation document: Mandatory gender pay gap reporting - public-sector employers