Gender pay gap – Feb 19

Government publishes advice on minimising gender pay gap

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published advice designed to help UK businesses to reduce their gender pay gap.

The documents contain advice on which pieces of information employers must publish in relation to their gender pay gap, and how to make the calculations needed to report gender pay gap data.

Additionally, the GEO also published guidance for firms on creating an ‘effective action plan’, and how they can help to reduce their gender pay gap.

Businesses with 250 employees or more are required by law to publish their gender pay gap figures on their website. Firms must also report their data to the government via its gender pay gap reporting service.

Voluntary and private sector employers with 250 employees or more must publish their figures by midnight on 4 April 2019. Public sector employers are required to publish their figures by 30 March 2019.

‘The gender pay gap is at its lowest level on record, but that is still not good enough if we want to achieve real gender equality in the workplace,’ said Victoria Atkins, Minister for Women.

‘We want employers to understand the causes of their gender pay gap and create action plans that will close those gaps for good.’