Workplace Gender Equality Act and Agency

The new Workplace Gender Equality Act was passed in 2012 replacing the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999, following a Government review of the Act to which the WWRG contributed.

Employers of 100 or more employees (as before) outside the public sector, must report annually to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (which administers the Act) on the state of gender equality in their organisation.

The Act's new name and objects highlight its focus on promoting gender equality at work and equal pay between men and women.

What information do the reports require? Their content is now data driven (see the report form) rather than descriptive and will enable changes in gender equality at work to be monitored . This will provide business, employees, Government and policymakers with a much better understanding of whether and how gender equality at work is progressing.

What information will be publicly available? The Agency will publish material from 2014 employers' reports:

  • in aggregate form by industry and organisation size, and
  • for each individual organisation, its public report will be available providing the workplace profile data (excluding earnings data) and replies to the reporting questionnaire.

Minimum standard introduced for 2014-15 for employers with 500 or more employees.