Newsflash: Going public with the Gender Pay Gap!

What do we already know?

We have been keeping you up to date on the Government’s proposals to introduce new gender pay reporting requirements and how our Gender Pay Gap Audit service can help you with this.  For an overview of the reporting requirements see our February 2016 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Gender pay – mend the gap!

We updated you in our December 2016 Newsflash Gender Pay Gap Regulations published that the final draft of the Gender Pay Gap reporting regulations for the private and voluntary sectors (the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017) has been published and will come into force on 6 April 2017.

What’s new?

The Government has published regulations which extend the above reporting requirements to public sector employers with over 250 employees. These are the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017.

The public sector duties broadly reflect those for the private and voluntary sectors but with the following main differences:

  • The ‘snapshot’ date, on which the pay data must be based, will be 31 March 2017 for public sector employers rather than 5 April for private and voluntary sector employers.
  • This means that the deadline for public authorities to publish their first gender pay gap will be 30 March 2018.
  • The public sector GPG reporting duty takes effect as part of the existing public-sector equality duty, rather than as a standalone requirement.
  • Although public authorities will have the same requirement to publish their GPG data on their own website and on the Government’s website, there is no requirement for the report to be accompanied by a signed statement from a senior individual within the organisation, as is the case for the private sector.

Our Gender Pay Gap service

If you have 250+ employees, we’d love to tell you about our bespoke Gender Pay Gap Audit & Advice service.  Just get in touch and we will be happy to explain how we can support you.