The role of equal pay auditing in resolving unequal pay: More hindrance than help?

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Patrick, A. 2023. The role of equal pay auditing in resolving unequal pay: More hindrance than help? in: Hamilton, F. and Griffiths, E. (ed.) The Evolution of the Gender Pay Gap: A Comparative Perspective Routledge. pp. 153-168
Chapter titleThe role of equal pay auditing in resolving unequal pay: More hindrance than help?
AuthorsPatrick, A.
Abstract

The introduction of the Equal Pay Act 1970 in Great Britain had an immediate effect on the incidence of unequal pay for equal work. 50 years on however, unequal pay remains an intractable issue, partly due to a pervasive culture of pay secrecy that prevents women from discovering potential instances of pay discrimination. A wide range of regulatory measures under the banner of “pay transparency” are often proposed to combat this problem. One such measure is equal pay auditing. This chapter examines the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) recommended method for conducting voluntary equal pay audits. The EHRC tells employers that this method will establish whether their organisation is compliant with the Equality Act 2010. However, this chapter argues that there is a disconnect between the EHRC’s method and equal pay law, which prevents employers who conduct an audit from identifying individual cases of unequal pay for equal work. Given this disconnect, this chapter argues that the EHRC’s auditing method may be counterproductive, as it may mislead employers and employees about the existence of discriminatory pay.

Sustainable Development Goals5 Gender equality
10 Reduced inequalities
Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
Page range153-168
Book titleThe Evolution of the Gender Pay Gap: A Comparative Perspective
EditorsHamilton, F. and Griffiths, E.
PublisherRoutledge
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Hardcover9781032368160
Electronic9781003333951
Copyright Year2024
Publication dates
Print10 Nov 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Jun 2023
AcceptedJun 2023
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/9781032368160
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003333951-12
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