What is the relevance for employers of April 2016 in relation to gender pay gap reporting?

Under the draft Regulations that set out the gender pay gap reporting duty, as well as reporting the difference in pay between their male and female employees, employers must report on the difference in bonus pay and on the proportion of male and female employees who received bonus pay.

The first set of information that employers will be required to publish must be based on information on bonus payments made during the year preceding the relevant date in April 2017. The draft Regulations set the relevant date as 30 April each year, but the Government has indicated (in its consultation on mandatory gender pay gap reporting for public-sector employers) that this will be amended to 5 April.

Therefore, while it is expected that employers will have until 4 April 2018 to publish their first set of information (ie 12 months from the end of the year to which the information relates), that information will reflect bonuses paid as early as April 2016.