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Three key tips to help you mind the Gender Pay Gap reporting obligations this year
15 January 2019

Having broken most of our New Years’ resolutions by now, one target that we must keep is to begin preparation of our Gender Pay Gap reports earlier than we did last year. 

In 2018, almost 16% (1,577) of eligible employers (those with over 250 employees) missed the deadline to submit their Gender Pay Gap reports and faced intense media criticism and reputational harm.

This year’s deadline (4 April 2019) is rapidly approaching; so, how can you ensure compliance is as pain-free as possible?

1. Understand the issues

A series of six calculations are required, which include: the percentage difference between the median and mean gender pay gap based on hourly rates of pay, the business’s pay distribution over four quartiles, and the number of males and females in each one of these (shown as a percentage). Employers must also publish the difference between their mean and median bonus payments to male and female employees and the proportion of males and females who receive a bonus.

Why is this important?

If a woman feels that there are real opportunities to progress with the company, then she is more likely to want to stay. If she does and achieves promotion then future reports will reflect this improvement as she moves up the career ladder.

This is not an issue that is going away any time soon. If anything, the recent consultation on Ethnicity Pay Reporting demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing pay disparities in employment. Setting up a strong strategy now can make it a lot easier if, and when, more obligations come into force.

2. Discuss gender pay issues at board level

Rather than simply making sure your report arrives before the deadline, taking the time to discuss the matter at Board level and address any of the problems raised can help to close the gap in future years. These strategies can then be included in the narrative, which is an excellent way to advertise the inclusivity of your company.

When identifying what you can improve, remember to provide a suitable timeframe. If there are issues with your figures this year, it is unlikely to change immediately (given that the snapshot date for 2020 is 5 April 2019.)

Therefore, set targets for the next 3-5 years rather than making bold promises of what will improve in the next 12 months.

3. Let Boyes Turner help you!

Preparing a report and compiling data with complicated formula is time-consuming. We can take that stress away and provide you with a competitively priced report that complies with the detailed requirements of the legislation.

You will receive:

  • A Gender Pay Gap calculation;
  • A visual display of easy to read data; and
  • Peace of mind that your report will be prepared on time by professional specialist lawyers.

We can prepare an accompanying narrative and offer further training on the subject along with specialist advice and assistance on this area.

For more information please contact the Employment team or Claire Taylor-Evans on [email protected] or 0118 952 7284 for further information.

Consistent with our policy when giving comment and advice on a non-specific basis, we cannot assume legal responsibility for the accuracy of any particular statement. In the case of specific problems we recommend that professional advice be sought.

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