Not many employers have a Royal Charter, let alone an obligation to publicly report the names and pay bands of staff paid more than £150,000 a year. Which is why the BBC may have felt a little isolated last week when revealing the pay bands of top talent.
With Chris Evans (£2,200,000 – £2,249,999) first , Gary Lineker (£1,750,000-£1,799,999) second and Graham Norton (£850,000-£899,999) third, you had to go to number 8 on the list to find the first woman – Claudia Winkleman (£450,000-£499,999). With only 34 women in a list of 96 and with some important names missing from the list altogether, the BBC has come under fire for the gender pay gap. Director General Tony Hall rather understated it when he admitted there was “more to do”.
The BBC disclosure experience is unique but those large private sector and voluntary employers with 250 or more employees do have to be taking immediate action on mandatory pay gap reporting. A report by Mercer called the UK Gender Pay Gap (June 2017) found that 82% of employers have yet to report their gender pay gap. They only have until 04 April 2018 to do so. The research revealed the majority of employers were describing the system as “complex”, “misleading”, “confusing”, “burdensome” and “difficult”.
While the success of the scheme will only become clear in time, it is fair to say the gender pay gap reporting obligations are involved and complex. This is why taking expert legal advice as soon as possible is key.
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