Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes gender pay gap

30 August 2017

Although the EHRC is not required to publish details of its gender pay gap as it has less than 250 employees, it is leading by example and bucking the trend as they have published their report and it shows that on average its female employees are paid more than men.

The gender pay gap figures from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) reveal that women on average, earn more than men and outnumber men at senior levels.

EHRC believe that transparency, reporting and monitoring is an important step to tackle the inequalities that are revealed through examining pay gaps; hence the publication of their data when not actually required to under the gender pay gap regulations.

Private and voluntary sector employers need a senior individual to sign off on their gender pay reports. In line with the existing specific duties, this is not required from specified public authorities. The EHRC has gone over and above what would be required if they employed 250 plus employees as they have provided a written statement which explains that their figures are sensitive to any small changes in staffing at senior levels due to their relatively low number of employees.

The written statement is a critical element as it gives employers the opportunity to explain their particular circumstances.

Confirming the accuracy by an officer of the company is the minimum mandatory requirement for private and voluntary sector employers thus discouraging employers from publishing inaccurate data. The employer is free to expand on their narrative and is positively encouraged to do so.

The EHRC include in their gender pay gap report that:

“Publishing pay gap data should be about looking at ways to improve opportunities and pay and to guide action in organisations. It should also be seen as a way to talk about what your commitments are to diversity and inclusion and to taking action.”