Pay and benefits

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

If you are doing the same work as someone else, you have the right to be paid the same as that person.

Pay does not just include your basic wage, but you should also have equal access to other benefits at work, such as:

  • bonus payments
  • pensions
  • meal vouchers
  • company cars
  • company health insurance
  • season ticket loans.

The Equal Pay Act relates specifically to equal pay between men and women.

However, if an employer pays someone less than others doing similar work, or refuses them benefits that other equivalent employees have access to, because of their age, gender, disability, race, religion and belief, or sexual orientation, it could constitute unlawful discrimination.

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