A new Acas and Government Equalities Office guide has been published ahead of the introduction of The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 in April.
The guide is aimed at helping larger employers – those with more than 250 employees – comply with the new obligations to report gender pay gaps in their organisations. It explains how to do the calculations and implement family-friendly working arrangements that could help narrow the gap. There is also good advice on record-keeping and on monitoring differences in the salaries paid to men and women throughout the employment lifecycle.
Remember that the gender pay gap (differences in the average pay between men and women) is not the same as equal pay (pay differences between men and women who are doing the same/similar/equivalent value work). If you are an employer that is required to report on your gender pay gap, then that information becomes publicly available. As Acas Chief Executive Anne Sharp states:
“…The new requirement provides a great opportunity for organisations to look at the issue in depth and to consider whether they can do more to develop their talented women and secure the benefits of greater gender diversity at all levels.
‘The UK has made progress in reducing the gender pay gap but we still have lots to do – tackling the issue is in the interests of individuals, organisations and the economy as a whole.”
The guide is available here: