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Gender Pay Gaps - what Employers can do


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Issued 6thOctober 2009

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that female bankers are receiving bonuses worth 80% less than male bankers. The Equalities Bill proposed that employers with 250 or more employees should carry out pay audits, although this will not be compulsory until 2013 at the earliest.

However, pay audits have been criticised for highlighting statistics but not the underlying reasons behind pay gaps.

So what can employers do to reduce pay gaps and potential Equal Pay and/or sex discrimination claims?

  • Provide training for employees undertaking job evaluations and making pay decisions;
  • clarify and harmonise terms and conditions between different groups of employees – many local authorities are moving towards a single pay structure and the NHS introduced a single pay structure through its “Agenda for Change”;
  • simplify existing pay policies and create more transparency around pay;
  • review bonus policies to ensure that it’s not just traditionally male dominated jobs that attract bonuses;
  • check recruitment policies to ensure applicants are not deterred from certain jobs because of an unintentional perception that certain jobs are for male or female staff only;
  • Employees returning after maternity leave need further support and training on return.

Employers could also consider looking at how employees who work flexibly are managed and give further training to managers who don’t feel confident about managing flexible working employees.

For More information please contact specialist employment solicitor Ashley Hunt on 0116 212 1000 or email:’

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-12-11 15:53:51 in Legal Articles

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