Pay gap reporting regime could be widened

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A private members’ bill, the Equal Pay Bill, has been introduced into Parliament which intends to widen the UK’s pay gap reporting regime. The Bill amends section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 which provides the basis for the existing reporting regime which requires companies with more than 250 employees to publish information regarding the difference in pay of their male and female staff.

If the Bill becomes law, the following changes will be made:

  • the threshold for pay gap reporting will be lowered to 100 employees or more
  • companies would be required to report on pay gaps across different ethnicities
  • companies would need to set out their actual mean and median hourly rates of their male and female employees rather than just the difference
  • data would need to be broken down into full-time and part-time employees
  • companies would be required to publish how they intend to reduce any differences between male and female pay and employees of different ethnicity.

WM Comment

These proposed changes are at an early stage and may not actually make it into legislation so we will keep track of its progress and report if and when the proposals become law.