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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, the Government has suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines for 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This means that relevant public- and private-sector employers are not obliged to report their 2019 gender pay gap information in 2020. However, the Government said that it will continue to provide support to employers that do want to publish their 2019 gender pay gap information this year.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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  • Date:
    10 November 2020
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Gender pay gap reporting: The implications of furlough

    Furlough has the potential to skew an organisation's gender pay gap significantly. Madeleine Mould, associate in the employment team at law firm Blake Morgan LLP, looks at what it means for organisations preparing their data ahead of the next reporting deadline.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Gender pay gap report

    Updated to include the latest pay data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2020.

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    Indicators

    ONS gender pay gap data: ASHE 2020

    We provide a breakdown of pay benchmarking data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2020, providing headline figures on the gender pay gap.

  • Date:
    3 November 2020
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Gender pay gap falls to 7.4% in 2020

    The headline gender pay gap is 7.4% in April 2020, down from the revised figure of 9.0% for 2019, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals).

  • Date:
    14 May 2020
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Gender pay gap reporting and the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

    With penalties for failing to publish gender pay gap reports for 2019/20 suspended due to the pandemic, and a lack of clarity about reporting dates for 2020/21, Jo Faragher examines the data and fears that equality may fall off the agenda for some companies.

  • Date:
    5 May 2020
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Gender pay gap benchmarking data published

    XpertHR Benchmarking has been enhanced with new data allowing you to compare your organisation's gender pay gap against those at other organisations in your sector.

  • Date:
    24 March 2020
    Type:
    News

    Gender pay gap reporting enforcement suspended this year

    Enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting requirements has been suspended this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have announced.

  • Type:
    Employment law manual

    Gender pay gap reporting

    Updated to include information on the Government's announcement that it has suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Type:
    How to

    How to measure and report a gender pay gap

    Updated to reflect that enforcement of gender pay gap reporting is suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Date:
    19 March 2020
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    April 2020 employment law changes: Eight tasks for HR

    Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines. As well as dealing with the ongoing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), important issues for HR in April 2020 include changes to written statements of terms and conditions, the introduction of parental bereavement leave and pay, and changes to the law on calculating holiday pay for workers with irregular hours.

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

Gender pay gap: key resources

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