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Gender Pay Gap – BBC Radio broadcast

Gender Pay Gap disparities have been highlighted in the news over the past week, following the new legislation regarding Gender Pay Gap reporting.

There are two sets of regulations. The first is mainly for the private and voluntary sectors, taking effect from 5 April 2017 and the second is mainly for the public sector, from 31 March 2017. Companies with 250+ staff will have up to 12 months to publish their gender pay results.

The gender pay gap is the average difference between a man’s and a woman’s remuneration.

There are two distinct numbers regarding the pay gap: unadjusted versus adjusted pay gap which takes into account differences in hours worked, occupations chosen, education and job experience. For example, someone who takes time off (e.g. maternity leave) will likely not earn as much as someone who does not take time off from work. Factors like this contribute to lower yearly earnings for women, but when all external factors have been adjusted for, there still exists a gender pay gap in many situations.

Whilst many companies have been working hard over the past years to close this gap, there are many who have not!! The BBC being one of them. Following the disclosures, disparities were noted between certain recognisable television personalities, e.g. Sue Barker and Alan Shearer, which some say provided stark evidence of a continuing gender pay gap at the organisation.

David Harris, Managing Partner of DPH Legal, employment solicitors in Reading, was asked by BBC Radio Berkshire to comment on these recent disclosures made by their own organisation of Executive salaries.

David was asked to comment on the ongoing pay disparity, the possible explanation for the same, as well as to provide expert insight on the legal framework for potential challenges by the female employees affected..

The interview can be located on the DPH Legal Facebook page or the full broadcast can be heard at position 48.12 of the three hour BBC Radio broadcast.

If you or your company require any assistance regarding this issue, please contact SYLO Associates.