Gender pay gap reporting: important, undesirable or irrelevant?

IES perspectives on HR 2016

Brown D | HR Network Paper 119 | Institute for Employment Studies | Apr 2016

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The UK’s median all-employee gender earnings gap is 19.1 per cent, compared to the EU average of 16.4 per cent. That’s equivalent to a loss of £361,000 in gross earnings over a woman’s working life.

More than 40 years after the protests of the Dagenham Ford workers and the passing of the Equal Pay Act, and almost a century since the Suffragettes argued for a living and equal wage, government finally seems to have ‘got’ equal pay, with a range of initiatives almost competing now for employers’ attention.

Duncan Brown offers a detailed description of this year's gender pay reporting requirement and how to maximise the benefits from it.

This paper was originally published in Thoughts for the day: IES Perspectives on HR 2016