Step 2: Compare pay between men and women doing equal work

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  • Small and medium organisations

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    • England

      England

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In step 2 of your equal pay review, you need to compare the pay of men and women doing equal work to identify any discrepancies that cannot be justified.

You may find the tool below helpful when comparing pay:

Question Response Response
Are the basic hourly earnings the same for men and women doing this job? Yes No
Are the total hourly earnings the same for men and women doing this job? Yes No
Do men and women doing this job get the same type of benefits? Yes No
Are the amounts of the benefits the same for men and women in this job? Yes No
 

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The answer to every question should be ‘yes’. If not, you need to find out what is causing those pay differences.

For example, you might find that people’s starting salaries are not always the same, that part-time workers are paid less per hour than full-time workers, or that some employees are paid more in bonuses than others.

Some of the common causes of differences in pay between men and women doing equal work include:

  • differences in starting pay or in pay increases since joining the firm
  • different lengths of service in the job leading to either higher or lower pay
  • differences in overtime and shift pay, with some jobs attracting higher rates
  • some jobs are being paid commission but others are not, and
  • some jobs are receiving bonuses but others are not.

Once you’ve done this, you should have a clearer picture of the situation within your organisation regarding the pay of men and women doing equal work.

The next step is to take action to understand the reasons for differences between the pay of men and women doing equal work and identify any action that needs to be taken to address inequalities that have been revealed.

You can find more information on doing this in the next step of your equal pay review.

Disclaimer

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.

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):

www.acas.org.uk/helplineonline

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

Text Relay service: 18001 0300 123 1100.

Last updated: 16 Aug 2016