The government has announced it is to press ahead with plans to force larger employers to disclose how much it pays its male and female employees.
In the dying months of the Coalition, the Liberal Democrats pushed for the requirement for employers to disclose data on the salaries they pay and this was adopted as a Conservative pledge in their election manifesto.
This week's announcement follows that pledge and demonstrates the objective of the government, which David Cameron said was to create the pressure needed for change and to eliminate the pay gap "within a generation".
The Office for National Statistics said in November 2014 that the gender pay gap was at its narrowest since records began in 1997, at 9.4% compared with 10% a year earlier.
Many will welcome this move, which will apply to employers with over 250 employees, but employers may be concerned as to how the regulations will be drafted and whether the legislation will be rushed. This is particularly true given the target date to roll out the measures in 12 months. Nicky Morgan, Women and Equalities Minister, has said that no decision has been taken as to how employers will report the data and a consultation will look at the detail of how the new gender pay gap regulations will be designed - including what, where and when information will be published.
For now, a lot of employers are going to spend the next year getting their houses in order!
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