by Michelle Gray
Originally published: July 27, 2017
With the current wave in employment laws under the media spotlight, and female stars calling on the BBC to ‘sort the gender pay gap now’, it has never been more important for businesses of all sizes to address the issue. Whether you are due to start reporting or not, the obligation could extend to smaller businesses in the future and workforces will likely grow in size.
There are a number of lessons that SMEs can take from BBC’s report, in particular the confusion between gender pay gap reporting and equal pay. Equal pay refers to the difference between men and women’s pay for the same job, whereas the gender pay gap relates to the difference calculated between average earnings, irrespective of their roles in any given sector.
Whilst 34 of those on the BBC’s list are female, the report selects individual males and their female counterparts, underlining a disparity between equal pay in the corporation, rather than the gender gap pay.