Gathering the correct information to calculate the gap often takes time. According to our reward consultant Joe Price, “gender pay gap reporting is even more complex than companies first thought. Considering the breadth of information that has to be included, for instance the different categories of who comes into the definition of ‘employee’, it has been much harder than they anticipated.” Collating the data in the first place is often a bigger task than expected by HR teams who may use multiple payrolls, databases and systems to capture the pay records across the business. This makes it a time-consuming process. Furthermore, interpreting certain aspects of the legislation has required careful analysis, such as what information should be included in calculating the figures. Whilst the figures can be calculated within 10 days, many companies then run these past their in-house legal departments to ensure they have a legal perspective examining the figures.