Gender pay gap

Bar Huberman Editor's message: Equal pay legislation has been around since the 1970s, giving men and women the right to claim equal pay where they perform "equal work". The gender pay gap, however, covers the difference in the average earnings of men and women, regardless of their role or seniority. The causes of the gender pay gap are varied, including the impact of women taking time out of the labour market to have children.

To address the gender pay gap, the Government is introducing a completely new requirement for all large organisations to publish details of their gender pay gap. It hopes that transparency will encourage organisations to take action to reduce the pay gap. The information will need to include the difference in hourly earnings as well as the gap in bonus pay.

Although the legislation does not contain penalties for organisations that fail to publish their gender pay gap, there may be negative reputational ramifications where they do not report.

Bar Huberman, employment law editor

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