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.


Equality regulator to investigate pay discrimination at BBC

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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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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