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Preparing for gender pay gap legislation

15 November 2016

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the average gender pay gap in the UK to be 18.1%.

From April next year, companies with more than 250 employees will have to calculate the gender pay gap within their organisation and published the results before April 2018.

Sodexo has preempted this by conducting an audit of its UK workforce, revealing a gender pay gap of 7.65% within the company.

The company employs more than 38,500 people, including casual employees.

Publishing the results is described by Sodexo as the first step in addressing pay variations for different employee groups.

It plans to continue its efforts by examining other characteristics, such as ethnicity, age and disability.

The company states that this is part of its long-term commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through comprehensive strategies, communication, training and monitoring programmes on a global basis.

Following research into its global operations that demonstrated positive benefits of gender balance on business outcomes, the company states that it remains committed to improving gender balance and further reducing the pay gap in the future.

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