UK Gender Pay Gap

Introduction to the Gender Pay Gap

Introduction to UK Gender Pay Gap

Under Employment Law, The gender pay gap is something that’s been a lot more prevalent in the news in recent months, because, for the first time, we now have access to information on the average pay of men and women who are employed within the same workplace. But what does it all mean? And how does it affect those involved?

The Pay Gap

Gender pay gap’ refers to the difference between the average hourly wage of female employees and male employees within a workplace. This is different from Unequal Pay, which is the difference between male and female pay when working in the same role, which is something that has been illegal since 1970 since the introduction of The Equal Pay Act.

The Equality Act 2010

With the introduction of The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017, most companies are obliged to report the statistics of their average pay for male and female employees, and the bonus pay amongst their male and female employees under Employment Law.
Data shows that a shocking 78% of companies pay male employees more, with the likes of Barclays Bank paying (on average) their female employees a mere 27 pence for every pound (on average) paid to a male employee.

UK Gender Pay Gap

Government’s Response

A document has been released by, in order to educate companies on ‘Actions to Close the Gender Pay Gap’. This document details ways to promote a less biased hiring and promotion process within the workforce, encouraging Human Resources within the said company to take more action in order to ensure women are receiving equal and fair chances. This would allow there to be an equal spread of male and female workers within every tier of a company.

Legality of the Pay Gap

Is having a gender pay gap illegal in the UK, you may ask? Currently, no. When it comes to a goal of equality pay, we’ve achieved many things, but we still have a long way to go. The act mentioned above was only introduced in 2017, with large firms reporting data of the gender pay gap as of April 2018. And, at most, companies may be penalized for failure to comply with the reporting of this information, but not for the information itself.

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