New guidance published to help employers close their gender pay gap


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On 8 February 2019, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published two sets of guidance to help employers close their gender pay gaps; 'Eight ways to understand your gender pay gap action plan'.

"Eight ways to understand your gender pay gap" sets out eight questions as follows:

  1. Do people get "stuck" at certain levels within your organisation?
  2. Is there a gender imbalance in your promotions?
  3. Are women more likely to be recruited into lower paid roles in your organisation?
  4. Do men and women leave your organisation at different rates?
  5. Do particular aspects of pay vary by gender?
  6. Do men and women receive different performance scores on average?
  7. Are you doing all you can to support part-time employees to progress?
  8. Are you supporting both men and women to take on caring responsibilities?

"Four steps to developing a gender pay gap action plan" stresses the importance of analysing the data and coming up with an action plan to combat inequalities; consulting with senior staff to ensure that they understand any proposed gender pay gap action plans to gain their full support; integrating the action plan into the everyday running of the business; and allowing enough time to embed the action plan.

This article is taken from HR Law - March 2019.

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