Organisations are legally required by the Equality Act 2010 to provide equal pay to both men and women if their duties and work they do is the same or broadly similar. Paying them a different rate because of their gender is unlawful. Regardless of this law, a pay gap still exists today.
- In April 2023, the difference between earnings for full time male and female employees, calculated on a median hourly basis, was 8.3%.
- In order to attempt to address this, the government introduced an obligation on organisations to publish data on the salary of male and female employees. Specifically, organisations will need to show what the gap is between male and female pay.
- The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay- Gap Information) Regulations 2017 took effect from 6 April 2017, requiring organisations with more than 250 employees to take a ‘snapshot’ of their gender pay data on 5 April 2017.
- Organisations then had 12 months to analyse and publish that data, by April 2018 at the latest. This process is now repeated annually, other than when disrupted during the covid pandemic.