Academies required to publish gender pay gap report under new rules enacted today

As part of the Government’s ongoing fight to tackle inequality, all academy trusts and schools with more than 250 workers will be required to publish their gender pay gap statistics from today.

Under the rules, schools have until next April to publish their figures.

The reports must include data on the median and mean gender pay gap, the proportion of men and women in each quartile, and pay gaps in any bonuses paid throughout the year.

It adds that employers will be encouraged to publish an action plan alongside their figures.

Education secretary Justine Greening said: “Helping women to reach their full potential isn’t only the right thing to do, it makes good economic sense and is good for British business.

“I am proud that the UK is championing gender equality and now those employers that are leading the way will clearly stand out with these requirements.”

The most recent research highlighting pay in schools revealed that women teachers were paid, on average, 7.5 per cent less than men.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), authors of the study, found that this was because men were more likely to receive a promotion.

It also found that women head teachers earned, on average, £8,300 less than their male counterparts.

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