Equal pay

Bar Huberman Editor's message: Although there has been a decrease in the gender pay gap since the introduction of equal pay legislation in 1975, there is still a substantial gap between the pay of men and women four decades later.

The gender pay gap is a broad issue, and is not the same as equal pay. The gender pay gap covers the differences in the average earnings of men and women, whereas equal pay is about paying men and women the same for performing "equal work".

Under the Equality Act 2010, women and men who perform equal work have the right to claim equal pay with each other under their contract of employment. Conducting an equal pay audit is the best way for employers to find out if they are paying men and women the same for equal work.

Bar Huberman, employment law editor

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