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Female employees will have to wait two years before they are able to find out how their salaries compare to that of male colleagues, it has been revealed.
The government has decided to delay Gender Pay Gap reporting until 2018, with the changes applying to large firms.This means that those companies with more than 250 employees will need to make their pay information available online.
Firms that fail to tackle pay gaps will be highlighted in league tables. In addition, businesses will also be forced to publish how many women and men are in each pay range.Some 8,000 companies will be affected by this change, and the government hopes it will help to tackle the worst offenders.
Pay gaps will also be ranked by sector and it will make it easier for people to see who the worst ranking employers are.Under the Equality Act, it is illegal to pay different amounts to men and women doing the same jobs. The latest ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings showed that the gender pay gap for median earnings of full-time and part-time employees combined stands at 19.2 per cent, unchanged since 2014.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has predicted that at this rate of change it’ll take 47 years to reach gender pay parity across the UK.
Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, said: “It could disincentivise women from exploring opportunities in the very areas government wants to see more women working in, to remove the gender pay gap.
“Also, the use of naming and shaming as a sanction against organisations for failing to report what they find could also hinder meaningful and sustainable change. It might encourage quick fixes which could be inaccurate reflections of real progress.”