09 January 2009
Gender pay differences in firms could be published under equality bill
Gender pay gaps that exist between workers in companies could be published under amendments being made to the equalities bill, it has emerged.
The equalities office is currently working on the possible addition to the legislation and the bill is set to be published early this year.
If the plans go ahead, firms could be named and shamed in league tables which record pay differences between male and female workers.
The statistics would be published annually and would show the number of men and women in particular pay bands.
Commenting on the issue, Lady Prosser, deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), said that employers should publish such figures.
She added: "That's not painful or arduous for employers because most of them would have that information on their pay systems anyway."
Established under the Equality Act 2006, the EHRC is a non-departmental public body which aims to create a fairer, more equal Britain.