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.


Glasgow City Council workers secure £500m equal pay deal

Thousands of female council workers in Glasgow could receive payouts reaching more than £500m after their union representatives agreed a...

Employee ‘class actions’ on the rise: what does this mean for employers?

16 Jan 2019

The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The...

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TalkTalk faces equal pay claim from former manager

18 Dec 2018

A former manager at TalkTalk has brought a tribunal claim against the telecoms company, claiming she was paid 40% less...

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University of London protest

Largest university in UK hit by boycott over outsourced staff

10 Dec 2018

Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers

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University lecture ethnic minorities

Academics from ethnic minorities experience 26% pay gap

7 Dec 2018

Russell Group universities pay academics from ethnic minorities significantly less than white colleagues

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Co-op HR director wins equal pay and unfair dismissal claim

16 Nov 2018

A former Co-operative Group HR director has won her claim for equal pay and unfair dismissal against the company, following...

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One third don’t know unequal pay is illegal

9 Nov 2018

One third of employees do not know it is illegal to pay men and women differently for equal work, the...

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MPs press for action on BBC pay discrimination

25 Oct 2018

MPs have demanded that the BBC urgently removes “discriminatory” pay practices and puts in place transparent pay structures to ensure...

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Equal pay strike hits Glasgow schools and services

23 Oct 2018

Hundreds of schools and nurseries are closed in Glasgow after around 8,000 workers began a two-day strike over a long-running...

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Asda awaits latest judgment in equal pay case

12 Oct 2018

An appeals court hearing concludes today in another episode of the long-running Asda supermarket equal pay case.
The three-day hearing...

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Thousands of Tesco staff join new equal pay claim

1 Oct 2018

More than 8,000 workers have signed up to a new equal pay claim being brought against Tesco, which has been...

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Only one in three understand what the gender pay gap is

14 Sep 2018

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

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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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