The Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 come into effect from the 1st October 2016. Under these regulations, private sector and voluntary organisations who employ 250 or more people are required to report on gender pay gaps. These requirements will be extended to the public sector at a later date. Those organisations who are required to publish the data will have to provide details relating to the overall mean and median gender pay gap in each 12 month period up to the 30th April, beginning with the 12 month period up to the 30th April 2017 (to be published in April 2018).
Pay is defined to include maternity pay, holiday pay, and bonuses.
The measures are designed to provide transparency.
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