Equal pay

Equal pay laws are contained in the Equality Act 2010. Women have the right to be paid the same as a male comparator where they do like work, work rated as equivalent, or work of equal value.

For an employer to defend an equal pay claim, it must demonstrate that any differential in pay is due to a “material factor”, and that the factor is not due to a difference in sex. Examples of material factor defences include length of service, skills and qualifications, performance and levels of responsibility.

Pay secrecy clauses in an employee’s contract of employment are unenforceable where the employee is involved in a relevant pay discussion.


Once women have children, they suffer a “pay penalty” resulting in significantly lower earnings than male colleaguesWestEnd61/REX/Shutterstock

Will gender pay gap reporting tackle the motherhood “pay penalty”?

Recent research shows that the gender pay gap has significantly reduced for younger workers, but that the gap remains wide...

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Four key actions to tackle a gender pay gap

14 Feb 2017

New rules on gender pay gap reporting simply compel employers to publish details of their pay gap on an annual...

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The gender pay gap  reporting obligations will apply to a variety of public-sector employers, including police forces. Photo: Simon Webster/REX/Shutterstock.

Public sector gets draft gender pay gap reporting law

20 Jan 2017

The draft Regulations that will require public-sector employers in England to report on their gender pay gap have been published....

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Tribunal Watch: Teacher’s dismissal for showing 18-rated film to pupils

9 Jan 2017

Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...

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Employment law cases 2017: seven decisions to look out for

14 Dec 2016

We round up seven significant employment law decisions expected in 2017, with cases pending on employment status, equal pay, whistleblowing,...

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Gender pay gap and equal pay: what’s the difference?

10 Nov 2016

Today, 10 November 2016, is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year on which women effectively stop earning money...

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Asda workers win right to compare roles in biggest private-sector equal pay claim

14 Oct 2016

Asda has lost an employment tribunal ruling in a case involving thousands of

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Public-sector gender pay gap reporting confirmed

19 Aug 2016

The timetable for gender pay gap reporting in the public sector has been confirmed, with the Government largely intending to...

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Gender pay gap reporting moves a step closer

15 Aug 2016

The Government has given a strong indication that it intends to plough ahead with gender pay gap reporting obligations, after...

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Five important employment law cases in 2016… and five more to come

21 Jul 2016

Your annual summer round-up of the most important employment law cases 2016 has seen so far, and those still to come…

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Asda fails to block mass equal pay tribunal claim

23 Jun 2016

Supermarket giant Asda has failed in its bid to have a mass equal pay claim against it transferred from the...

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"Made in Dagenham" protest with women from the original 1970 strike for equal pay. PHOTO: Vickie Flores/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

Gender pay gap league tables: protect your company reputation

28 Apr 2016

Draft regulations to boost equal pay include plans for the Government to publish gender pay gap league tables naming and...

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EU referendum: 12 European cases that have shaped UK employment law

31 Mar 2016

The “Brexit” referendum on whether or not the UK should withdraw from the European Union takes place on 23 June...

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How to get ready for gender pay gap reporting

30 Mar 2016

The draft regulations on gender pay gap reporting leave many questions unanswered. Adrian Martin and Annelise Tracy Phillips share insights...

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Gender pay gap reporting: the draft legislation examined

16 Feb 2016

Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the recently published draft gender pay gap reporting legislation.
The measures on gender pay gap...

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