The Gender Pay Regulations have finally been published and
should be implemented soon, with the first 'snapshot date'
on which employers with over 250 employees must analyse the pay of
the workforce falling on 5 April 2017, with reporting due by 4
April 2018. Results will be published both on a designated
government website as well as on the employer's own
However, one of the key considerations for any business will be
"how do we compare against our competitors". A
specific gender pay gap may start to look more reasonable when it
is clear that it's average for the industry.
In anticipation of this, the government's Office for
National Statistics has collated data on the gender pay gap across
different jobs in various sectors: click here to view. It may not come as a surprise
that three of the jobs with the largest Gender Pay Gap include:
construction and building trades supervisors (45.4%); financial
managers and directors (36.5%); and financial institution managers
and directors (34.1%). Jobs which do not have any gender pay
gap include: nurses; waiters & waitresses; cleaners/domestics
and the ONS figures also show that these are jobs which are filled,
in the main, by women and tend to be lower paid.
What is clear from the statistics is that the majority of
surveyed jobs have a gender pay gap. It is unclear whether the
Gender Pay Regulations will change this, although it is clear that
they are already focusing employers' minds on the issue.
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