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.


Employers can enhance maternity pay and not shared parental pay

The Court of Appeal has ruled today that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.

NatWest pays female worker £150,000 to settle equal pay claim

10 May 2019

A former NatWest employee has won a £150,000 pay out after it emerged she was earning thousands of pounds less than a male colleague.

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‘Give women a fair chance to lead’ urge psychology experts

18 Apr 2019

The low number of women in senior positions in organisations could be down to a lack of understanding of leadership...

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The 2018 gender pay gap: grounds for optimism?

5 Apr 2019

There may not have been a dramatic change in the gender pay gap, but HR, analytics and reward specialists are far from gloomy about what the latest crop of reports reveals

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A Great British success story: the national minimum wage

1 Apr 2019

Last October, chancellor Philip Hammond, trumpeting the end of austerity in his Budget address, told MPs that the national living...

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Germany lags behind as gender pay gap narrows

27 Mar 2019

The UK’s slight gender pay gap narrowing means it is in step with other economically similar nations. But Germany has...

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Equality regulator to investigate pay discrimination at BBC

12 Mar 2019

The BBC is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following complaints that female employees were not paid...

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Leading businesses sign up for ethnicity pay gap pledge

1 Mar 2019

Fifteen prominent UK organisations have signed a commitment to work towards mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting and to encourage other businesses to do so.

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Morrisons faces fresh equal pay claim

14 Feb 2019

“Thousands” of current and former Morrisons shop floor staff are claimed to be in the process of bringing an equal...

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Court of Appeal: Asda workers can proceed with equal pay claims

31 Jan 2019

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Asda store workers can compare themselves to warehouse workers in their long-running equal...

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Men are the winners in UAE gender balance awards

28 Jan 2019

The United Arab Emirates Gender Balance Index award winners have been announced – and they are all men, despite an...

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Glasgow City Council workers secure £500m equal pay deal

18 Jan 2019

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

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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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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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