Equal Pay – know your rights

Equal pay is the right for men and women to be paid the same when doing the same, or equivalent, work. It’s the law, and if you are an employer you must observe it. This applies not only to salary, but to all contractual terms and conditions of employment, such as holiday entitlement, bonuses, pay and reward schemes, pension payments and other benefits.

Shockingly, research has found that women are paid less than men in 90% of sectors (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/research-finds-women-paid-less-than-men-in-90-of-sectors)

Tesco are the most recent employer facing equal pay claims, with reports suggesting that it could cost the £4billion!    (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42968342)

The law states that pay must be equal between men and women who do:

  • ‘like work’ – work that is the same or broadly similar;
  • work rated as equivalent under a job evaluation study;
  • work found to be of equal value in terms of effort, skill or decision making.

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