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.


Eight in 10 want right to know male colleagues’ salaries

Women should have the right to know if they’re being paid less than their male colleagues, according to research by...

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Women demand new Equal Pay Act to enforce transparency

11 Nov 2019

Equal pay campaign to demand new legislation, backed by leading women from all sectors, kicks off this Thursday.

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Boots to face equal pay legal challenge

7 Nov 2019

Thousands of Boots in-store employees in England, Scotland and Wales could be eligible to join an equal pay claim against the high street giant.

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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed takes equal pay case to tribunal

28 Oct 2019

BBC journalist Samira Ahmed is taking an equal pay case against the broadcaster to an employment tribunal, claiming she was...

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#MeToo at two: how far have we come?

15 Oct 2019

The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...

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Former TalkTalk exec to crowdfund tribunal bid

14 Oct 2019

A former TalkTalk executive has launched a crowdfunding campaign to take the company to tribunal for unfair dismissal and equal...

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BBC ‘destroyed career’ of woman paid less than 15 male peers

24 Sep 2019

The BBC has settled an unequal pay claim for more than £130,000 after a former employee complained that 15 male...

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City banker wins sexism case for unequal pay and victimisation

12 Sep 2019

A financial product manager for the French bank BNP Paribas has won her case for direct sex discrimination, victimisation and...

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Lawyers seek equal pay law clarification in Tesco case

28 Aug 2019

The law firm bringing an equal pay claim on behalf of Tesco staff is seeking clarification on equal pay legislation...

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13% fall in CEO pay in 2018 revealed

21 Aug 2019

Median pay for chief executive fell by 13% between 2017 and 2018, according to an annual assessment of FTSE 100 pay packages released today.

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Asda equal pay case heads to the Supreme Court

1 Aug 2019

The Supreme Court will consider whether shop floor workers at Asda can be compared to workers in the distribution centre...

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Social attitudes: One in three say parental leave should be shared

11 Jul 2019

A third of people believe parental leave should be shared equally, according to a major survey, while only 12% think...

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Women’s World Cup: fans and players call for equal pay

8 Jul 2019

The crowd at this weekend’s Fifa Women’ World Cup final were heard to chant “equal pay” as the US team...

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Sainsbury’s fails to get equal pay claim struck out

11 Jun 2019

The equal pay claim being pursued by hundreds of Sainsbury’s staff can continue to be heard, an employment tribunal has...

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BBC equal pay: Can employers consider experience when setting salary?

28 May 2019

The BBC is once again in the spotlight after it offered a more experienced male employee a higher salary than...

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