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

The Government published the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 on 12 February 2016, setting out the detail of the gender pay gap reporting duty. The Regulations have been the subject of consultation and it is expected that they will be amended before being brought into force. The Government has said that the final version of the Regulations will be published later in 2016 and, subject to parliamentary approval, should come into force in early 2017.

Employers will be required to publish information on their gender pay gap and gender bonus gap on an annual basis. The pay information must be based on data from a specific pay period every April, beginning in April 2017. The bonus information must be based on the preceding 12-month period, beginning with the 12 months leading up to April 2017. Employers will have 12 months in which to publish the information, meaning that first publication will be required in or before April 2018.

Under the draft Regulations, the key date for capturing data is 30 April. However, in its consultation on mandatory gender pay gap reporting for public-sector employers, the Government indicated that under the final Regulations, the key date for capturing data will be 5 April (meaning that the key date for employers to capture the first set of information will be 5 April 2017) and that employers will be required to publish the first set of information by 4 April 2018, rather than 30 April 2018.