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Gender pay gap

Fiona Cuming 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. There are a variety of factors behind it, including the impact on women's career progression of taking time out of the labour market to have children, and career choices, with typical “male” subjects such as IT and science often leading to higher-paid roles.

To address the issue, the Government introduced a requirement for all large organisations to publish their gender pay gap information annually. This involves producing six key metrics, including the difference in the mean and median pay and bonus pay of men and women, along with the proportion of men and women in each of four quartile pay bands.

However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines for 2020 and, because of the continuing impact of the pandemic, delayed enforcement action for the 2020/21 reporting year until 5 October 2021.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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  • Type:
    FAQs

    What information are employers required to publish under the gender pay gap reporting duty?

  • Date:
    14 March 2022
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    April 2022 employment law changes: Six tasks for HR

    HR professionals must ensure that their organisation is on top of the raft of employment law developments in April 2022. These changes include rises in national minimum wage rates, gender pay gap reporting deadlines, increases to statutory redundancy pay and maternity pay, and the end of HMRC's IR35 enforcement "grace period".

  • Date:
    8 December 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    The 10 most important employment law cases in 2021

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic, HR professionals have had their fair share of employment law rulings to keep track of in 2021. We count down the 10 most important judgments of the year that every employer should know about.

  • Date:
    3 December 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Employment law in 2022: Eight action points for HR

    As well as continuing to deal with workplace issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there will be many other important employment law developments for HR to grapple with in 2022. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the coming year?

  • Date:
    1 December 2021
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Webinar: How to be an equal pay expert in your organisation

    Our panel of equal pay experts give you the knowledge and practical strategies needed to make pay equity a reality within your organisation.

  • Date:
    2 November 2021
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: Improving gender diversity - a case study

    Tricia Halpin, chief people officer at Masthaven Bank, explains how her team has implemented the Women in Leadership initiative, a programme to improve gender diversity across senior roles. We also hear from two participants on the programme who explain the impact that the initiative has had on their careers.

  • Type:
    How to

    How to measure and report a gender pay gap

    Updated to refer to the latest national gender pay gap statistics.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Gender pay gap report

    Updated to include the latest pay data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2021.

  • Type:
    Indicators

    ONS gender pay gap data: ASHE 2021

    We provide a breakdown of pay benchmarking data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2021, providing headline figures on the gender pay gap.

  • Date:
    21 October 2021
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Pay gap reporting 2021: XpertHR survey

    While many businesses now report on their gender pay gap, checking for equality based on other employee characteristics is less common. We report on the progress being made to check for, and address, pay gaps across a number of different areas.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to the gender pay gap.