The latest timeframe has been announced for gender pay gap reporting. From 6 April 2017, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations will come into force which will require all private or voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees to publish gender pay data on their website.
Companies of that size who pay bonuses should have already started collecting data from April 2016 as the 2017 bonus period will stretch back that far.
By 4 April 2018, eligible employers should publish the data on their website and onto the Governments reporting website. No commentary is required, however, we would recommend that employers do this as it will explain the data to both employees and the general public. It should also be an opportunity to blow your own trumpet about how your gap is non-existent in comparison to competitors.
In the meantime, we suggest doing a dummy test on your current gender pay data. This would allow time to address any gaps or investigate why there may be a legitimate gap in the pay structure. To do this we would advise that employers factor in other data such as the historical and current gender profile of the company. Anyone who needs advice on this should contact us.