Monitoring Progress Towards Pay Equality

Neathey F, Dench S, Thomson L | Research Discussion Series  | Equal Opportunities Commission | Feb 2003

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This research examines the extent of gender equality in the pay structures and pay practices of larger organisations. It focuses, in particular, on equal pay reviews.

While a substantial minority of larger organisations have begun to address inequality of pay, too few fail to monitor the relative pay of women or men or ensure that their pay structures and practices are transparent.

In addition, those employers that have carried out reviews to date appear to have found them a positive and rewarding experience, which have revealed workplace inefficiencies other than pay and have sometimes encompassed ethnicity and disability as well as gender.

Furthermore, employers have generally not found the process too difficult or resource-intensive and have often been able to carry out the process without external support. Where EPRs have been completed and a gender pay gap has been found, action has usually been taken as a result.

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