Gender Pay Gap Regulations published

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 have been published in draft form and while they still await parliamentary approval the general view is that this is unlikely to be withheld.

Assuming that this is the case, then the version available at www.legislation.gov.uk will come into force on 6 April 2017.

They impose obligations on employers with 250 or more employees to publish information relating to the gender pay gap in their organisation.

In particular, employers are required to publish the difference between the average hourly rate of pay paid to male and female employees; the difference between the average bonus paid to male and female employees; the proportions of male and of female employees who receive bonuses; and the relative proportions of male and female employees in each quartile pay band of the workforce.

The draft regulations were put out for public consultation earlier this year and this latest version confirms that self-employed workers are mainly included within their scope although partners in firms are not.

There is also more information about how to calculate hourly pay.

Plans to extend mandatory gender pay gap reporting to the public sector were the subject of another consultation, details of which can be found at consult.education.gov.uk. This closed on 30 September 2016 and further developments are awaited.

In the meantime, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has created Find Out the Gender Pay Gap for Your Job which can be found at the ONS website, and which shows construction and building trades supervisors (45%) as having the largest pay gap.

Responding to the publication of the draft regulations, Laura Hinton, Executive Board Member and Head of People at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), said: “Publishing pay data alone won’t change anything — progress will only happen if organisations use this as an opportunity to understand what’s happening in their business and make some fundamental changes as a result.”

Last updated 20 December 2016