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Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap has been widely reported and is a significant problem in businesses across the UK.

Due to new regulations that came in to force in April 2017, employers with 250 employees or more will need to publish their gender pay gap information every year. This needs to be done on their own and on a Government website. Private and voluntary sector employers must report this annually.

Employers can register their organisation on the government’s online reporting service www.gov.uk/report-gender-pay-gap-data

The wider definition of who counts as an employee applies so this covers workers and some self-employed people too. You should take advice if there is any doubt on whether the requirements apply to your business.

The 6 calculations that need to be included are:

  • average gender pay gap as a mean average
  • average gender pay gap as a median average
  • average bonus gender pay gap as a mean average
  • average bonus gender pay gap as a median average
  • proportion of males receiving a bonus payment and proportion of females receiving a bonus payment
  • proportion of males and females when divided into four groups ordered from lowest to highest pay

As the gender pay gap information will be publicly available, including to customers, clients, employees and prospective employees, it is important that employers try to address any gender pay gap issues before the data must be published.

Equally, it is possible to provide details about the calculations to explain any gender pay gap so it is a good idea to get legal assistance in preparing the data as we can help to do the calculations and explain the data, where necessary.

Our employment & HR specialists are here to help you navigate your reporting requirements.

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The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients. The professional guide, Legal 500, also ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire;

Legal 500 2018

"The 'friendly and approachable' employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his 'balanced advice, thorough and clear communication' in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter."

Tom Bernard
Senior Solicitor
0114 249 6640
Solicitor Clare Fowler
Clare Fowler
Head of Employment & Discrimination
0114 249 6644
Patrick Macken
Paralegal
0114 249 6669