Nearly 50 years since the Equal Pay Act, women still earn less than men in Britain today.

The most recent statistics from the ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) show that the gap for full time workers is 13.7%. Unless otherwise stated, statistics in this briefing are from this source.

In April 2018 the first mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting took place – this saw all organisations with over 250 employees legally required to publish their gender pay gap data for the snapshot in April 2017.  The deadline for the second year of Gender Pay Gap reporting is 4 April 2019 for private organisations and 30 March for the public sector, and is the data for April 2018.

In this briefing you will find:

  • The difference between the gender pay gap and equal pay
  • A summary of gender pay gap reporting regulations and how the gender pay gap is calculated
  • Frequently asked questions related to gender pay gap reporting, including why employers may have a large gender pay gap and bonus pay gap
  • Guidelines on what you can do if your employer has a gender pay gap 
  • Fawcett's recommendations on closing the gender pay gap

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You can read our comment on gender pay gap reporting and progress here.