The long-heralded (and long-named) Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will finally come into force on 6 April 2017. The Regulations set out that all private and voluntary sector employers with a staff of 250 or more must gather information about the pay gap between male and female employees from April 2017.
The results will need to be published on the organisation’s own website a and a government website by 4 April 2018. The statistics will be available online for three years to evidence any progression made. A wide definition of employees means that apprentices, self-employed and agency workers must be included.
There are six calculations that must be completed which cover both the average pay and bonus pay and the percentage of men and women working at each quartile of the organisation’s pay distribution. Employers will have the opportunity to publish an accompanying narrative highlighting challenges and successes and any plans for long-term results.
Employers should be acting now to ensure that they are collecting and maintaining the data needed to publish this information. While pay data needs to be gathered from April 2017, bonus pay data should already have been gathered for the previous year. If you have any doubt about whether your organisation is compliant with the regulations, our HR Consultancy Team can assist you.