Further measures have now been announced which will require employers to publish the amount awarded to men and women in bonuses. Downing Street has indicated that exactly what requires to be published and when will be confirmed "in due course".
However, they have also said this is just the first of a number of proposed equality boosting measures to be set out during the course of this week and hopefully introduced in the first half of 2016. Other steps include extending the gender pay reporting duties to the public sector (only public authorities have been included previously) as well as private and voluntary sector employers and a target to include women on the boards of all the UK's top 350 companies.
It is anticipated that 10 million workers will be covered by the new transparency rules.
Meanwhile the Scottish Government recently published a consultation on improving the diversity of board members and lowering the 150-employee threshold for publishing gender pay gap information and equal pay statements by public authorities.
The proposals include:
- Introducing diversity succession planning for board appointments to public authorities in order to more accurately reflect the general population;
- Lowering the reporting threshold on gender pay gap and equal pay statements from 150 employees to 20 employees for public authorities. This will increase the number of authorities obliged to publish this information.
The draft Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 would bring these changes into force.