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The Equality Act 2010 and in particular the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) guides how we will concentrate our resources to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the grounds of Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage or Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex or Sexual Orientation.

Gender Pay Gap Report

Gender pay gap reporting legislation, set out in an amendment to the Public Sector Equality Duty, requires all employers with more than 250 staff to publish annually, from 2017, information on the pay gap between their male and female staff.

A gender pay gap differs from equal pay. Equal pay legislation relates to unequal pay – a difference in pay between a man and a woman, or a group of men and a group of women, doing the same or a similar job, or a job of equal value – unequal pay is illegal. The gender pay gap shows the difference in pay between all the men employed by an organisation and all the women employed by an organisation – everyone in every role. It is possible to have equal pay while still having a gender pay gap.

Below please find our first Gender Pay Gap Report for 31 March 2017:

Gender Pay Gap Report 31.03.2017

Equality Duty and Specific Duties

Within the Public Sector Equality Duty there are two individual duties – the Equality or General Duty, and the Specific Duties.

The Equality or General Duty of the PSED requires organisations providing public services to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct;
  • advance equality of opportunity, and
  • foster good relations

The Specific Duties of the PSED require organisations providing public services to:

  • publish information to demonstrate compliance with the PSED at least annually, and to
  • prepare and publish specific and measurable equality objectives at least every 4 years

The reports below relate to the first of the specific duties:

The documents below relate to the second of the specific duties:

NHS organisations (from April 2015) must use the Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) as part of their evidence towards compliance with the PSED. Our EDS2 reports for 2015 and EDS reports for 2011 – 2014 can be viewed by clicking here.


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