According to statistics from October 2016, women in the UK still earn an average of 18.1% less than men.

Starting from April 2017, many employers including charities and voluntary bodies will have to collect, analyse, and report on the gap between the average earnings of men and women employed in their organisation.

The regulations are part of the government’s long-standing aim to tackle disparity between men and women’s pay.

The Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations come into force on 6 April 2017 and relevant employers will have until 5 April 2018 to publish their first report.

Gender pay gap reports must be made available to staff and the general public on an organisation’s website for at least three years from the date of publication.

Although there will be no new penalties for non-compliance, failure to publish a compliant report will be an unlawful act and the Equality and Human Rights Commission will have enforcement powers. Failure to comply could also result in reputational damage to your organisation and may well have a negative impact on staff.

Preparation is key. Each week, we will be publishing a guide to help you get ready for 6 April.

Preparing for gender pay reporting - guide one