Does an employer have to publish its gender pay gap information at the same time each year?

No. Under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/172), employers are required to publish their gender pay gap information within 12 months of the snapshot date (provided that they have at least 250 employees on the snapshot date), but publication does not have to take place on the same date each year. The snapshot date is 5 April each year in the private and voluntary sectors and 31 March in the public sector. Therefore, a private-sector employer would not be in breach of the Regulations if it published information relating to 5 April 2017 on, for example, 5 May 2017 but did not publish information relating to 5 April 2018 until 4 April 2019.

However, publishing information at the same time each year will allow the employer and others to compare its annual figures and track its progress in reducing any gender pay gap.