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.


Only one in three understand what the gender pay gap is

Almost two-thirds of the British public incorrectly identified what the gender pay gap is and confused it with the issue...

Morrisons faces £1bn equal pay claim

12 Sep 2018

Morrisons has become the latest supermarket to face an equal pay claim from its shop floor workers, which if successful...

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Tesco staff file 1,000 equal pay claims

13 Jul 2018

One thousand former and current Tesco employees have lodged claims for equal pay, according to the law firm handling the...

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BBC settles equal pay dispute with Carrie Gracie

29 Jun 2018

Carrie Gracie, the BBC’s former China editor, has received a payout from the broadcaster after it emerged she had been...

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PwC and KPMG release updated gender pay gap figures

23 Mar 2018

The two remaining ‘big four’ accountancy firms have released pay gap figures after Deloitte and EY announced theirs earlier this...

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Leigh Day: the law firm taking on the giants over equal pay

12 Mar 2018

Leigh Day has represented thousands of workers in employment claims they might not otherwise have been able to fight. But...

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Next faces £30m equal pay claim from shop assistants

9 Mar 2018

Fashion retailer Next is facing an equal pay claim from more than 300 shop floor staff, which could total £30m....

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Marilyn Loden on 40 years of the ‘glass ceiling’

8 Mar 2018

Management consultant Marilyn Loden coined the phrase “glass ceiling” some 40 years ago. On International Women’s Day, she talks about...

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Hundreds of BBC staff demand full pay transparency

6 Mar 2018

Hundreds of BBC staff, including stars such as Mariella Frostrup, Victoria Derbyshire and Rev Richard Coles, have written to the...

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Discrimination costs the UK £127bn a year, claims study

26 Feb 2018

Discriminatory pay practices costs the UK economy £127bn in lost output every year, according to diversity and inclusion champion INvolve...

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Equal pay claims: private sector takes centre stage

19 Feb 2018

As Tesco potentially faces a £4bn equal pay claim from its female employees, and claims are pursued against Asda and...

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Tesco faces £4bn equal pay claim

7 Feb 2018

Supermarket giant Tesco is facing what could be the largest equal pay challenge in UK history after law firm Leigh...

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BBC to close presenter gender pay gap by 2020

30 Jan 2018

The BBC plans to close the gender pay gap among its presenters and have women in half of its on-air...

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Woman paid less than male colleague wins equal pay claim

26 Jan 2018

A female manager who was paid £7,680 a year less than a male colleague, despite doing the same job, last...

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BBC China editor departure prompts call for equal pay analysis

8 Jan 2018

Employers should urgently consider equal pay analysis, a lawyer has said, following the departure of BBC’s China editor who claimed...

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