Equal pay review for smaller organisations

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Who is this page for?

  • small and medium organisations (fewer than 50 employees)

Which countries is it relevant to?

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      Great Britain

This guide and templates are designed to make it easy for small businesses to examine their pay systems and ensure they are not at risk of an equal pay claim.

Our three-step equal pay review is for organisations with fewer than 50 employees.

It should take no more than half a day to check out a 20-person business with five different job roles. It may take less time than this if you know the jobs well and have easy access to payroll and personnel records.

If you do know the jobs well, you may be able to do this on your own. If not, you may need to involve the person who does.

Once you have this information, follow these three steps to carry out your equal pay review:

  1. determine whether employees are doing equal work
  2. compare pay between men and women doing equal work
  3. identify any action that needs to be taken


While every effort has been made to ensure that this advice is accurate and up to date, it does not guarantee that you could successfully defend an equal pay claim. Only the courts or tribunals can give authoritative interpretations of the law.

Last updated: 26 Aug 2020

Contact Acas for further information

If you are involved in an employment dispute or are seeking information on employment rights and rules, you can contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas):

Visit the Acas website

Freephone: 0300 123 1100 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday)

Text Relay service: 18001 0300 123 1100.