To address concerns about fairness in how organisations treat their stakeholders, such as workers, customers, investors, etc, the UK has introduced various regulations. For instance, employers are required by law to treat their employees fairly in terms of people management policies and practices, including how they reward them. Recently, large UK employers are legally required to disclose pay data, such as by gender.

This factsheet covers pay fairness, including high and low pay, and equal pay for equal work. It also looks at pay reporting, outlining what must be disclosed under UK law (such as the gender pay gap) as well as ethnicity pay disclosure which might be required in future. It also discusses the benefits of publishing pay narratives, through which employers can show that they’re trying to pay their workforces equitably.

Explore our stances on low pay and financial wellbeingexecutive paygender equality at work and corporate governance and transparent reporting in more detail, along with actions for government and recommendations for employers.

This factsheet was last updated by Charles Cotton: Senior Performance and Reward Adviser, CIPD

Charles directs CIPD’s research agenda and public policy on performance and reward. He speaks for CIPD at government consultations on topics such as, pensions, retirement, CEO remuneration, low pay and employee tax.  

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