This guide provides a step-by-step approach and useful templates to do an equal pay audit. It is designed to make it easy for larger businesses to examine their pay systems and decrease the risk of an equal pay claim.
What is an equal pay audit?
An equal pay audit compares the pay of men and women doing equal work in your organisation to:
- identify any differences in pay between men and women doing equal work
- investigate the causes of any (differences in pay between men and women doing equal work
- eliminate instances of unequal pay that cannot be justified
Doing an audit demonstrates your commitment as an employer to remove unfair pay practices.
Audits work best with:
- involvement and support of managers with the authority to deliver the necessary changes
- Involvement of workforce representatives to increase accuracy of the audit and the success of any further action
Once you have the involvement of managers and workforce representatives you can follow five simple steps.
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: 26 Aug 2020