What information will employers be required to publish under the gender pay gap reporting duty?

The draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 set out the details of the gender pay gap reporting duty for private- and voluntary-sector employers. Under the draft Regulations, employers will be required to publish:

  • the difference in mean pay between male and female employees;
  • the difference in median pay between male and female employees;
  • the difference in mean bonus pay between male and female employees;
  • the difference in median bonus pay between male and female employees;
  • the proportions of male and female employees who were paid bonus pay; and
  • the proportions of male and female employees in each quartile of their pay distribution.

The pay information must be based on data from a snapshot date of 5 April every year, beginning with 5 April 2017. The bonus information must be based on the preceding 12-month period, beginning with the 12 months leading up to 5 April 2017.

The draft Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017, which are expected to come into force on 31 March 2017, set out an equivalent duty for the public sector. The public-sector duty mirrors that for the private and voluntary sectors, with one significant difference being that the snapshot date for gathering data each year is 31 March, not 5 April.