Equal pay

Under the Equality Act 2010, men and women who are employed on equal work are entitled to equal terms and conditions, including pay, unless the material reason for the difference is not their sex.

Fixed term employees, part-time workers and agency workers are also entitled to be paid the same as their comparators. For part-time and fixed-term workers, see Discrimination against fixed-term employees and part-time workers.  For the rights of agency workers to receive the same pay as direct recruits, see Agency workers. For the law relating to pensions, see Discrimination in pensions.

The legislation outlaws pay discrimination against both men and women, but this section on equal pay assumes that the person claiming the equal pay is a woman.

  • Employees who ask what colleagues are paid

    We explain how to respond when a woman asks about colleagues' pay, either by asking them or asking you, their employer.

  • Equal pay audits

    We explain what an equal pay audit is and summarise the steps involved in completing one.

  • The law on equal pay

    We explain the law on equal pay, remedies for breach of the law and ways to reduce the risk of an equal pay claim.

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