Gender pay gap reporting to include bonuses
  • 9th Nov 2015

By 25 March 2016, private and voluntary sector employers with at least 250 employees will be required to publish information about their gender pay gap. This is because of regulations that the government is required to make regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 by section 147 in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

The government launched a consultation on the implementation of gender pay gap reporting in July 2015 and has now indicated its intention to include bonus information within gender pay gap reporting and to extend the obligation to publish gender pay data to public sector employers. The government has also pledged to work with business to eliminate all-male boards in the UK's top 350 companies.

Although, given that it is 2015, it feels like it should go without saying, it is perhaps sensible to repeat the fact that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work. Section 1, Equal Pay Act 1970 and section 66, Equality Act 2010 give the right to parity of terms and conditions between men and women engaged in like work, work of equal value, or work rated as equivalent.