Equal pay audits

Sheila Attwood Editor's message: Carrying out an equal pay audit is an effective way of checking whether or not your organisation is providing equal pay for equal work. It involves undertaking a structured process of identifying pay differences, uncovering the reasons behind them and eliminating differences that cannot be objectively justified.

Employers should not confuse an equal pay audit with the forthcoming requirement for larger organisations to publish information on their gender pay gap. While an equal pay audit will identify any pay differences between individuals or groups performing the same or similar work, the gender pay gap is concerned with differences in the average earnings of men and women over a standard time period, regardless of their role or seniority.

Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice

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