Gender pay gap reporting – why and how?

Gender pay gap reporting – why and how?

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Requirement to conduct gender pay gap reporting

According to the Swedish Discrimination Act, all employers must conduct an annual gender pay gap report. The law states that employers and employees must co-operate in efforts to prevent discrimination by way of active measures, one of which is conducting gender pay gap reporting. 

Gender pay gap reporting means that employers analyse regulations and practices regarding salaries, benefits, and other terms of employment that exist in the workplace. Depending on how large the company is, there are different requirements for how the gender pay gap reporting should be documented. Should an employer fail to conduct this reporting, they risk being fined by the Swedish Anti-Discrimination Board.

What’s the purpose of gender pay gap reporting?

Gender pay gap reporting is a tool to improve gender equality in the workplace. It’s a way for employers to uncover unreasonable differences in pay or employment conditions between men and women. It’s important to analyse the results to understand what’s causing the differences in order to take measures and prevent these differences from occurring. 


What does a gender pay gap report involve?

Gender pay gap reporting requires the employer to compare the different roles that exist in the workplace and that have similar requirements. Work with gender pay gap reporting should begin with a consultation between employer and employee representatives to decide how the work should be structured, its timetable, and who should participate in the work. 

The following elements must be analysed in the gender pay gap report:

  • Salary and benefit provisions that exist in the business. Also look at other relevant terms of employment.
  • Difference in pay between men and women doing the same work.
  • Difference in pay between men and women doing equivalent work.
  • Pay differences between women-dominated roles and positions held by men or that are gender-neutral, if the women-dominated roles have higher demands and lower pay.


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