Charities consulted on equal pay monitoring

Equality and Human Rights Commission seeks views

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is looking for ideas from third sector organisations on how employers should monitor gender pay imbalances.

The EHRC opened a consultation yesterday on how voluntary and private organisations with 250 or more staff should measure and report pay imbalances. It believes measurement will bring greater transparency and help to reduce inequality.

The EHRC has said it will look into how reporting can be managed on a voluntary basis, but has warned that it has the power to introduce compulsory reporting if sufficient progress has not been made by 2013.

"The reasons for the pay gap are complex so the commission will be gathering views from employers on what could work best for their organisations," said Andrea Murray, acting group director of strategy at the EHRC.

According to the Government's preferred measure, median pay, women in full-time work earn 12.8 per cent less than men.

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