The Equal Pay Act 1970 made pay discrimination between men and women in their employment contract terms illegal and covers, for example, payment in salary, benefits in kind and bonuses.
While significant progress has been made in narrowing the pay gap since the Act came into force, some discrimination remains. According to the Office of National Statistics the average pay gap is about 19% but recent figures suggest that it may be even wider at 24% with significant regional variations.
Equal pay is due to employees of different sex if they are carrying out work that is the same or largely comparable; if the work is different but contributes equal value to the employer based on the demands of the job; or if the work is assessed as similar or equivalent based on an analysis of the jobs being compared.
In certain cases additional maternity leave may also be available. All woman are entitled to maternity leave as well as pay in appropriate circumstances. It is unlawful to discriminate against women on the grounds of pregnancy or maternity leave.
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