Draft public sector gender pay gap regulations have been published which will require large public sector employers to report on their gender pay gap.

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Public sector gender pay gap reporting requirements

The requirements for the public sector are broadly the same as those for the private sector. However, the public sector requirements are being introduced as part of the existing public sector equality duty, rather than as a standalone requirement.

Public authorities specified in the Regulations, who have at least 250 employees, will be required to publish figures that show their gender pay gap.

The annual ‘snapshot’ date on which the pay information is collected will be 31 March for public sector employers, rather than 5 April for private sector employers.

Employers will have 12 months from the snapshot date in which to publish the pay information. Public sector employers will, therefore, have to publish their first figures by 30 March 2018.

The information will have to be published on the public authority’s website and provided on a ‘digital portal’ that the Government plans to launch.

The Regulations await parliamentary approval but are due come into force on 31 March 2017.

Reference: The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017