30 October 2015 #Employment
David Cameron has announced this week that gender pay gap reporting will be extended to include the public sector and bonuses.
From 2016 (the actual implementation date is to be confirmed) large employers (which under the current proposals would be employers with at least 250 employees) and the public sector will need to report on the bonuses paid to both males and females. The government is expected to publish this winter the exact information which will need to be included as part of the reporting (for example if the mean and/or median salaries should be used and if all workers and employees should be included, or if the highest earners which could skew the results are to be discounted).
Including bonuses in the reporting requirements is an important step forward in ensuring that the pay gap is reduced for male and female employees.
Current statistics from the Office of National Statistics suggest that the national Gender Pay Gap is around 19.1%. Please see here for a recent article on the implications of the requirements of Gender Pay Gap reporting and here for a recent podcast.