Understanding and improving gender and other pay gaps
Understanding and improving gender and other pay gaps

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Understanding and improving gender and other pay gaps
  • The gender pay gap
  • The ethnicity pay gap
  • The disability pay gap
  • General causes of pay gaps
  • Gender pay gaps
  • Ethnicity pay gaps
  • Disability pay gaps
  • Identifying causes of an individual employer’s pay gaps
  • Assessing data at a more granular level
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The enforcement of all gender pay gap reporting deadlines was suspended for the reporting year 2019–20 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and employers do not need to provide their data, see LNB News 24/03/2020 84.

This Practice Note looks at:

  1. what is meant by ‘the gender pay gap’ and other pay gaps related to protected characteristic, eg ethnicity and disability pay gaps

  2. what recent reports from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal about these pay gaps

  3. general causes or features of the gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps

  4. ways in which an employer can assess causes of pay gaps that specifically affect its workforce, eg where in the organisation they are arising and factors contributing to them

  5. measures an employer can implement or adopt to improve its pay gaps

It should be noted at the outset that the principal focus of the material in this Practice Note is the gender pay gap, due to the fact that this is the pay gap that has most extensively been researched and for which a mandatory reporting requirements applies for employers with 250 or more employees, see Practice Note: Gender pay gap reporting. Strategies used to understand the gender pay gap and measures to improve it will, however, also in many cases be transferable or able to be adapted for

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