When does the gender pay gap reporting duty come into force?

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/172), which set out the detail of the gender pay gap reporting duty for private- and voluntary-sector employers, are in force from 6 April 2017.

Employers are required to publish information on their gender pay gap and gender bonus gap on an annual basis. In the private and voluntary sectors, the pay information must be based on data from a snapshot date of 5 April every year, beginning on 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. Employers have 12 months in which to publish the information, meaning that first publication is required no later than 4 April 2018.

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/353) set out the gender pay gap reporting duty for public authorities and are in force from 31 March 2017. 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. Therefore, first publication is required no later than 30 March 2018.