Equal pay

Bar Huberman Editor's message: Under the Equality Act 2010, women and men who perform equal work have the right to claim equal pay with each other under their contracts of employment.

Equal work is defined as: like work; work rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme; or work of equal value. For example, workers employed by a supermarket chain to stack shelves might say that their work is like the work performed by workers employed to clean the supermarket.

While you do not have to carry out an equal pay audit, doing so is the best way for you to find out if you are paying men and women the same for equal work.

Bar Huberman, acting employment law managing editor

New and updated

  • Asda equal pay case: EAT allows mass claim to proceed

    Date:
    1 September 2017
    Type:
    News

    Supermarket giant Asda has failed in its latest bid to block a mass equal pay claim against it.

  • BBC and gender pay: Why getting it right is not always simple

    Date:
    10 August 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    The BBC could face having to spend millions of pounds to boost the salaries of female broadcasters after stars threatened action over a gender pay divide. But this story highlights how difficult it can be to define equal or similar work when trying to ensure gender pay parity.

  • Glasgow City Council claimants win equal pay case

    Date:
    1 June 2017
    Type:
    News

    Unions representing thousands of claimants in a long-running equal pay claim against Glasgow City Council have welcomed the latest victory in the Court of Session.

  • Cases on appeal

    Type:
    Law reports

    Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.

  • Equal pay policy

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to reflect the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for private- and voluntary-sector employers with 250 or more employees, in force from 6 April 2017.

  • Equal pay

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    The law on equal pay, including the Equality Act 2010, the right to equal pay, the "sex equality clause", the "maternity equality clause", gender equality, gender pay, the comparator, equal work, like work, work rated as equivalent, work of equal value, indirect discrimination, pay secrecy clauses and the material factor defence.

  • Date:
    15 December 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    We round up seven significant employment law decisions expected in 2017, with cases pending on employment status, equal pay, whistleblowing, employment tribunal fees and holiday pay.

  • Podcast: Key employment cases for 2017

    Date:
    9 December 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    In this week's podcast, we predict the key cases for 2017. We explain why employment status in the gig economy will be a big talking point, and flag up a major equal pay case against a private-sector employer.

  • Date:
    10 November 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Gender pay and equal pay are frequently confused. However, there are key differences between the two and employers need to be aware of their obligations in relation to both.

  • Asda workers win right to compare roles in biggest private-sector equal pay claim

    Date:
    14 October 2016
    Type:
    News

    Asda has lost an employment tribunal ruling in a case involving thousands of workers in supermarkets who sought to compare themselves with higher-paid men in distribution centres.