How to implement equal pay

Advice and Guidance

Who is this page for?

  • employers

Which countries is it relevant to?

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      Great Britain

Use this checklist and the following sections to take action on equal pay, particularly if an audit has identified issues or you believe your organisation is following a risky practice.

  1. Produce an equal pay policy
  2. Create clear and transparent job descriptions and titles
  3. Follow a job evaluation scheme  
  4. Look at your grading structures
  5. Consider more action for a fair pay system


While every effort has been made to ensure that this advice is accurate and up to date, it does not guarantee that you could successfully defend an equal pay claim. Only the courts or tribunals can give authoritative interpretations of the law.

Last updated: 08 Sep 2020

Contact Acas for further information

If you are involved in an employment dispute or are seeking information on employment rights and rules, you can contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas):

Visit the Acas website

Freephone: 0300 123 1100 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday)

Text Relay service: 18001 0300 123 1100.