Gender pay reporting deadline is imminent
Gender pay gap reporting is a key item on the agenda ahead of the compulsory reporting deadline in 2018. A quarter of respondents said it was too early to tell when they plan to publish compulsory gender pay data. The most popular month to publish is March 2018, just ahead of the deadline or during the deadline month of April itself.
In terms of what stage respondents are at in preparing for reporting, a significant proportion are still at the planning stage (22 per cent), but this is an improvement from last year (56 per cent). The necessary preparations are underway for more respondents this year, with 43 per cent having completed the overall planning compared to 10 per cent last year. Of the eight per cent who responded that this was not on their agenda, these are likely to be employers who do not have to report on the gap (as they have under 250 employees).
Respondents highlighted how unexpectedly complex they had found the methodology involved in calculating their reports. Both interpreting the legislation (how to treat part-time roles and bonusable salaries) and the calculation itself (defining the term ‘employee’) were flagged as less straightforward than anticipated. There was a continued focus on how employers can best explain the data and what it means to key stakeholders.