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. 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.
The deadline for employers to report their gender pay gaps passed at midnight on 30 March for those in the public sector, and at midnight on 4 April for those in the private and voluntary sectors. At that point, 10,016 organisations had uploaded their data to the government gender pay gap reporting website to appear in a publicly available league table.
Although some organisations are expected to report their data later than the legal deadline, we have conducted a short analysis of the data published by 5 April.
Fiona Cuming, employment law editor
A quarter of gender pay gap reports submitted for the 2018/19 reporting period are non-compliant, according to independent analysis.
Nearly two-thirds (61%) of women would take an organisation's gender pay gap into consideration when looking for a new job, suggesting that those with larger pay gaps could be missing out on talent.
Almost two-thirds of the British public incorrectly identified what the gender pay gap is and confused it with the issue of unequal pay, a YouGov survey has found.
Employers that ask candidates their current salary are partly to blame for the gender pay gap, according to the Young Women's Trust.
Leading UK-headquartered law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has come under fire from MPs for failing to include £1.5m of payouts to senior partners in its gender pay gap report. It is the only one of the five "magic circle" of leading law firms to have so far failed to provide pay gap calculations including partners.
The gender pay gap reporting requirement should be widened to include organisations that employ more than 50 people and the publication of an action plan for closing their pay gap, a group of MPs has recommended.
The new gender pay gap reporting laws currently make no mention of transgender or non-binary employees - employers can only classify staff as male or female. Could this grey area mask a wider pay gap issue? Alex Christen from Capital Law investigates.
Almost six in 10 UK employers are taking action to address their gender pay gap in response to the new reporting requirements, research from Willis Towers Watson has found.
Are organisations reporting their gender pay gap data correctly? The Government Equalities Office has issued recommendations on how data should be reported, but independent statistician Nigel Marriott estimates that between 9% and 17% of gender pay gap data is wrong. He looks at the errors some employers made.
As many as one in six organisations have reported their gender pay gap incorrectly, according to independent data analysis.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the gender pay gap.