Since launching the ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap’ consultation in July of last year, employers have been keen to find out their obligations when government legislation commences this year. Having collected employer responses by early autumn, the government was due to provide an update in winter.
On the 14th January, Nicky Morgan (Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities), whilst attending the Women and Equalities Oral Parliamentary Questions, noted that the governments’ response to the consultation was to be published “shortly”. True to her word, the response has been published today, reportedly affecting 8,000 UK employers.
From April 2017 private-sector companies and voluntary organisations will be required to calculate their pay gap, publishing the following information annually on their website from 2018, which is signed off personally by senior executives:
The average gender pay gap
The average bonus pay gap – To particularly highlight potential disparities in city bonuses
The number of men and women in “pay ranges”, showing where pay gaps are at their widest.
On this last point, I include below an example noted in last year’s consultation document, from MITIE’s 2015 sustainability report: