Five steps to equal pay

The
Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has launched an equal pay kit to outline
the five steps employers need to follow to check they are not short-changing
women.

Julie
Mellor, ECO chairwoman, challenged employers to lead the way on equal pay by
making a commitment to an equal pay review: "The gap between women’s and
men’s pay still stands at 18 per cent, and progress towards closing that gap is
incredibly slow. I hope the availability of this kit will kick-start a real
increase in the pace of change.

"We
know the vast majority of employers don’t deliberately discriminate against
women. EOC research found that 9 per cent were confident they paid fairly, but
few had checked their pay system for bias."

The
five steps set out in the kit are:

Step
1:
Deciding the scope of the review and identifying the information
required

Step
2:
Determining where men and women are doing equal work

Step
3:
Collecting pay data to identify equal pay gaps

Step
4:
Establishing the causes of any significant pay gaps and assessing the
reasons for these

Step
5:
Developing an equal pay action plan

The
kit includes a brief description of each step and how to carry it out. More
detailed guidance on the various aspects of a review will be set out in
supporting guidance notes.

www.eoc.org.uk

By Quentin Reade

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