Only 53% of UK Businesses Feel ‘Very Confident’ That Salaries Are Equal Across Genders

Despite the government bringing in new Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation, businesses across the country appear to be slow in catching on or at least getting themselves prepared.

The survey from job website Total Jobs found that a worrying 32% had failed to review salaries and compare what they pay to male and female staff members.

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force on the 6th April and applies to companies hiring more than 250 staff to keep sufficient records on gender pay including the bonuses they pay to male and female staff members.

The idea is to prevent companies treating their staff differently just because of their gender in a move that has been welcomed by those campaigning for equal rights in the workplace.

It is thought that the new legislation will prevent companies from paying male staff members more than women for the same jobs as well as paying male staff members considerably more in bonuses.

Currently Total Jobs research has found that out of the companies covered in the survey men received an average bonus of £2,059 while women received £1,128 if they received a bonus at all. Only 38% received a bonus in comparison to 48% of men.