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Acas launch guidance to help organisations identify and address gender pay gap

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Acas guidance on Voluntary Gender Equality Reporting launches today.

Despite a legal framework requiring equal pay for equal work between men and women there is still a significant gender pay gap: women who work full time in the public sector are paid on average 10 per cent less than men and that figure rises to 19.8 per cent in the private sector.

Acas' new "quick start" guide on Voluntary Gender Equality Analysis and Reporting is aimed at private sector and voluntary organisations that would like to address gender equality issues but are unsure about how to proceed. It provides practical advice on tackling inequality between men and women in the workplace and gives information about the Government's voluntary initiative "Think, Act and Report".

Acas Head of Equality Steve Williams said: "Our new guidance provides advice for organisations whether they are already collecting, analysing and acting on information regarding gender, or whether they are starting to think about doing so.

Equality in the workplace is so important and the Government's Voluntary Gender Equality Reporting initiative aims to drive this forward and bring about real change in organisations. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations and so we were ideally placed to develop the supporting guidance for this initiative."

Acas produced the new guidance, for the Government Equalities Office (GEO) as part of the Government's "Think, Act & Report" initiative, which launches today. The launch event, attended by Acas Chair, Ed Sweeney and Head of Equality, Steve Williams, will include a key note speech from the Home Secretary Teresa May.

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Notes for editors

Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

The government has been working with a range of partners to develop the voluntary approach to gender equality reporting including:

  • Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
  • Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF)
  • Advisory Conciliation & Arbitration Service (ACAS)
  • National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • Chartered institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Opportunity Now
  • Trade Union Congress (TUC)
  • Unite
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Government Equalities Office
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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