From the 5th April 2017, gender pay gap reporting has been introduced for private and voluntary sector organisations that employ 250 or more employees. This is to illustrate the differences in the average pay and bonus pay between men and women in each organisation which has recently been reported as standing at 18.1%. The intention in doing this, is to publicly highlight any differences between male and female pay which in turn should encourage employers to respond to any differences and eventually eliminate the gap altogether.
What is gender pay gap reporting and what does this mean for your business?
If you employ less than 250 employees then for now, this does not impact on your business. However, for those employers with more than 250 employees the new gender pay reporting legislation requires you to publish a report on your gender pay and gender bonus gaps. There are 6 calculations that must be published both on the company’s and the government’s website. You have 12 months from the 5th April each year to publish this information. The calculations are the:
- average gender pay gap as a mean average;
- average gender pay as a median average;
- average bonus gender pay as a mean average;
- average bonus gender pay gap as a median average;
- proportion of males receiving a bonus payment and proportion of females receiving a bonus payment; and
- proportion of males and females when divided into four groups ordered from lowest to highest pay.
The calculations should be confirmed as accurate in a written statement by an appropriate person such as a senior executive and a narrative can be given explaining any differences including any positives.
For public sector organisations, gender pay reporting duties began on the 31st March 2017 and the report needs to be published by the 30th March 2018.
Whilst gender pay reporting is not mandatory for employers who employ less than 250 people, these employers can start reporting sooner and are encouraged to do so. This is good practice which can provide a positive image of the company as the results can be checked by customers, suppliers and contacts.
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If you are unsure about your businesses obligations under the new legislation or would like further information about gender pay gap reporting please do not hesitate to contact one of our employment experts on 0114 272 1884 or by email at email@example.com
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