‘A Practical Guide to the Law of Gender Pay Gap Reporting’ by Harini Iyengar


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Published: April 2019
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How much does he get paid?  What does he do to earn that sum?  What do his colleagues earn?  How did he get that job?  What is the difference between a workplace where there is unequal pay between men and women and a workplace which has a gender pay gap?  If an employer has a gender pay gap, does it mean that the women working there are getting underpaid?  If an employer has a gender pay gap, does it mean that women are not getting equal opportunities to enter or progress within its workforce?  How can you tell whether an organisation is reporting its gender pay gap information properly?  What are the legal risks of not complying with the gender pay gap reporting regime?  What are the commercial and reputational risks of not complying with the gender pay gap reporting regime?  Why and how should an employer move beyond compliance to best practice in closing its gender pay gap?

In this book, I set out to answer these and other related questions comprehensively, directly, and practically.  As a barrister and working woman who has specialised for 20 years in employment and equality law, who is also a company director and a political activist, I have tried my best to write a book which will be useful and readable not only for qualified practising lawyers, such as solicitors in private practice, in-house solicitors, general counsel and barristers, but also for human resources directors, payroll staff, executive officers of companies, non-executive board directors, auditors, workers, and young people planning their careers, who aspire to understand the gender pay gap inside their own organisations and across the British labour market.

A Practical Guide to the Law of Gender Pay Gap Reporting covers:

  • The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017
  • The cultural, moral and legal origins of equal pay for equal work
  • The Equal Pay Act 1970
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Beyond Compliance to Best Practice

Foreword by the Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, Arbitrator and former Lady Justice of the Court of Appeal and Vice-President of the Court of Appeal, Civil Division.


“A terrific practical guide to the law of gender pay gap reporting and a fascinating read, covering not only why men and women should be paid equally but also the history of equality in the UK.  At Women on Boards UK we believe that transparency matters. We welcome this book and highly recommend it be given to CEO’s across the UK, not to mention HR and Legal Heads of Departments.”
– Fiona Hathorn, Managing Director at Women on Boards UK

“This is an authoritative, accessible guide to gender pay gap reporting from one of the most experienced lawyers in the field.”
– Brian Groom, Former business and employment editor at the Financial Times and editor of Scotland on Sunday

“This is a rarity: a reference book brimming with passion and personality.  An eye-opening and indispensable guide to equal pay law.”
– Catherine Mayer, Author, journalist and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party

“This book manages the transition from detailed points of equality law to highly practical tips for employers.  Where explanations are given, the keen descriptions allow the reader to easily visualise and follow the processes involved.  It successfully argues the view that the legislation is only a starting point and that if an employer wishes to shift the dial then there is a lot more detail that must be measured, managed and changed.”
– Anthony Horrigan, Chief Executive Officer at PayGaps.com


Harini Iyengar was called to the Bar in 1999, as a seven-months-pregnant, young, single mother.  She has now spent 20 years practising Employment, Public and Commercial law at 11KBW Chambers, and is ranked as a leading barrister in Employment and Education law in the legal directories “Chambers & Partners” and “Legal 500”.  Harini is a Governing Bencher at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and sits on the Steering Group of the Temple Women’s Forum and the Bar Council Retention Panel of the Equality Committee.  As a legal expert, she gave evidence to the House of Commons Inquiry into high heels and workplace dress codes, and is a regular commentator on television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online.

Outside her professional practice, Harini is an Independent Governor of London Metropolitan University.  In 2015, she became a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party, and is now an elected National Spokesperson and Member of Policy Committee, who has stood for Parliament, the Greater London Assembly, Hackney Mayor and two local council seats.  Harini is the lone parent of three children.


Chapter One – Introduction
Chapter Two – The Cultural and Moral Origins of Equal Pay for Equal Work
Chapter Three – The Legal Origins of Equal Pay for Equal Work
Chapter Four – The Legacy of the Equal Pay Act 1970
Chapter Five – The Equality of Terms Provisions in the Equality Act 2010
Chapter Six – The Legal and Political Background to the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017
Chapter Seven – The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017
Chapter Eight – The Role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Chapter Nine – Beyond Compliance to Best Practice
Chapter Ten – Conclusion
Appendix – ‘The Women’s Equality Party Manifesto for the General Election 2017’, Extract on Equal Pay