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Pay & Benefits

Pay is the primary reason your employees come to work. If salaries aren’t right, it doesn’t really matter what else you do—your staff will look elsewhere.

So how do you retain staff and attract the best talent? You keep on top of HR and pay & benefits. That means keeping up with the latest legislation changes, following best practice and conducting salary benchmarking.

Croner helps businesses of all sizes and industries do this. There’s a lot to keep on top of, including:

 

Gender pay

This is the difference in the average hourly wage for men and women across a workforce.

The government introduced gender pay gap reporting in 2017, with the first reporting deadline falling on 30th March / 4th April 2018.

If your business has 250 or more employees you must publish your gender pay gap statistics on the government’s website. And, you must do so on the same deadline each year:

  • Private companies and charities: 4th April
  • Public-sector organisations: 30th March

For more information on the pay gap, click here.

 

Equal pay

While there isn’t a law demanding businesses have no gender pay gap, there is a law demanding men and women receive equal pay.

You must provide equal pay for equal work. Failure to do so can result in employment tribunals, significant fines and prosecution.

For more information on equal pay, click here.

 

Parental pay

Similarly, maternity pay, paternity pay, and shared parental pay are rights. So long as parents meet eligibility criteria, they’ll receive a percentage of their average weekly earnings.

Rates change every April, and it’s easy to dip below the required minimum each time they do. Keeping on top of the changes is the best way to ensure you don’t make an error and end up at a tribunal. At present, the rate is £151.20 (as of January 2020).

 

Overtime pay

There’s no legal requirement to pay workers for overtime. There are also no rules about the minimum statutory levels of pay. But, you must keep an employee’s pay above the national minimum wage.

Then, there’s the issue of overtime in relation to holiday pay. Should you include it when calculating an employee’s entitlement?

The only way to know for sure is to stay informed about the latest case law rulings on the subject. All of which we cover. For more information on overtime pay, click here.

 

Employee incentives

Although pay is the main motivator for employees to come to work, perks help too.

Organisations with good benefits attract the best talent.

And, you don’t need to go all out—or break the bank—to introduce useful perks. Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of the world’s craziest employee perks (and why you don’t need them) here.

If you’re looking for information on how to fund a company car for senior staff or looking to roll out a new pension scheme, we can help.

 

Pay & benefits expertise

So, if you need assistance with salary benchmarking, pay rates, employee perks, or any other subject in this blog, speak to a Croner expert on 0808 145 3380.

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Unlawful Deduction of Wages

If you make deductions to an employee’s salary, they may make an unlawful deduction from wages claim

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Employer Withholding Pay

“Can my employer withhold my pay?” is a common question made by employees. You may wonder yourself i

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Coronavirus: Sick Pay Entitlement for Part-Time Workers

If you have employees off work sick with COVID-19, you may be able to claim back SSP via the Governm

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How to Calculate Gender Pay Gaps

If you run a business with over 250 or more employees in the UK, the gender pay gap report should ne

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‘Real’ Living Wage Increases – What Does This Mean?

On Monday 11 November 2019, the Living Wage Foundation outlined the new ‘real’ Living Wage rates. T

Pay Awards & Forecast (September 2019)

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Choosing a Company Car

A company car is a fairly common business perk for employees. There are a number of things to consid

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Collective Bargaining Agreements: Employers Guide

If you employ individuals who are members of a union, you’ve likely come across the term ‘collective

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Employers' Guide to Long Service Awards

As an employer, you may want to show your appreciation to staff who have dedicated themselves to you

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Ethnicity Pay Gap – The Latest Findings May Surprise You

Unlike the gender and executive pay gaps, it’s not a legal requirement to report on the ethnicity pa

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Crazy Employee Perks (and why you don’t need them)

Crazy employee perks. No doubt you’ve heard of them, and they may have left you wondering ‘how on ea

Pay Awards & Forecast (June 2019)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (March 2019)

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Sick Pay Entitlement for Part-Time Workers

In the UK, part-time workers must receive the same rights as full-time ones. They’re entitled to the

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[Mythbuster] I Don’t Need to Review my Employees’ Salaries When I Relocate the Office

Whether your employees are janitors, lawyers, mechanics, or IT workers, wages vary wildly across the

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How to Work Out Pro-Rata

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term ‘pro rata’. But do you know exactly what it means and how to work

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What Does Pro-Rata Mean?

Pro rata is short for ‘proportional’, which is ‘in proportion to’ or ‘a portion of’ an overall value

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Groundbreaking Case Overhauls Holiday Pay Rules

On the 10 June 2019, the Court of Appeal made a groundbreaking ruling on workers’ holiday pay. And i

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What is a Competitive Salary?

There’re a number of factors that determine an employee’s appointment to your organisation, includin

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Equal Pay

The concept of equal pay for equal work has existed for decades. It’s based on the idea that men and

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Are You Paying Staff Too Much?

You’re a good boss, and that means you pay a fair wage. But what should you do when you’ve been a li

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What are the benefits of benchmarking?

Salary benchmarking is no doubt a term you’ve come across, especially if you work in HR. But rememb

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439,000 Staff Illegally Underpaid in 2017/18

The Low Pay Commission estimates that more people than ever are being underpaid, and staff are more

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How Does a Company Car Allowance Work?

A company car is a perk that helps recruit and retain great staff. For some, having a company vehicl

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Car Allowance v Company Car

Providing an employee with a vehicle can be a reward for long or exceptional service, as well as a p

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How to Say No to Pay Rises (And Not Look Like a Monster)

It’s one of the toughest jobs you face as a boss. Looking a hardworking employee in the eye and sayi

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What is Occupational Sick Pay?

When your employees are off sick, they may be able to get some form of sick pay. They may be eligib

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Gender Pay

The gender pay gap also referred to as the gender wage gap has been a major talking point for employ

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[Mythbuster] The Gender Pay Gap is a Myth

Often treated as a monster lurking under the collective beds of firms with 250 employees or over—the

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Overtime Pay: A Guide For Employers

Many businesses are still confused about the rules surrounding overtime pay. Confusion relates to em

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Payslip Cheat Sheet | Get Ready for April Legal Changes

From the 6th April 2019, a new law will completely change how you issue payslips. If you don’t updat

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The Gender Pay Gap Widens – Stumble at the First Hurdle?

Last week the BBC reported that four in 10 private companies have wider pay gaps than they did last

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The Equal Pay Challenge

The news that women working in Morrisons supermarkets are bringing an equal pay claim should serve a

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Should Bosses Ever Earn Less Than Staff?

Managers take on more responsibility. They work longer hours. They have stricter targets and objecti

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Understanding Directors' Remunerations

With the executive pay ratio reporting deadline next year creeping ever-closer, there’s more attenti

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[Mythbuster] It’s Going to Cost Lots of Money to Get Rid of Our Gender Pay Gap

It is understandable for people to think that an issue intrinsically linked to pay would cost lots o

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Payslip Rules Are Changing: Are You Ready?

From the 6th April 2019, new rules will change how you issue payslips. Here’s how to prepare now and

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Conducting an Equal Pay Audit

The equal pay act sets provisions for organisations to follow the same pay system. Under the Act, yo

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How to Keep Staff When There’s No Money for a Pay Rise

Your best employees work hard because they’re passionate about what they do. But even they still pro

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What is Performance Related Pay?

Performance related pay (PRP) can help you motivate an under-performing workforce, but it can also b

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Employee Incentives

Showing your staff you appreciate them is a good business practice. It lets them know you value thei

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What's a Final Salary Pension and How's it Calculated?

Employees often look for businesses who offer final salary pensions. Many professionals consider it

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Get Ready to Report Your CEO Pay Gap…

From January 1, UK listed companies must report the pay gap between their Chief Executives and avera

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Everything Employers Should Know About Statutory Redundancy

Redundancy is a form of dismissing your employees. In most cases, redundancies can happen when you d

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What's the Difference Between a Wage and a Salary?

The terms ‘salary’ and ‘wages’ are often used interchangeably. The fact is, these two terms hold dif

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What is Salary Benchmarking?

If you work in HR, you would no doubt have heard about salary benchmarking. But what exactly is it?

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Is Your Gender Pay Gap Report Non-Compliant?

A recent analysis of all Gender Pay Gap reports submitted in 2018 found that one in four of all repo

Pay Awards & Forecast (September 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (September 2018)

Read Croner Reward's expert settlement and forecast report for September 2018

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Should Companies Offer Mindfulness Training?

What is mindfulness? It's a term many of us have heard, but few truly understand—and for good reason

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What Should I do if I Overpay a Worker?

Overpaying employees is more common than you might think. It's a simple enough error that can have

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Conducting a Salary Review

There is no law stating that you must increase staff pay each year. If an employee’s annual salary

Pay Awards & Forecast (June 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (June 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (May 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (May 2018)

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Pay & Awards Forecast (April 2018)

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Pay & Awards Forecast (April 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (March 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (March 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (February 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (February 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (January 2018)

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Pay Awards & Forecast (January 2018)

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Gender Pay Gap & Equal Pay: What's the Difference?

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Gender Pay Gap & Equal Pay: What's the Difference?

Read Croner Reward's white paper on gender pay gap & equal pay reporting

Pay Awards & Forecast Forecast (December 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecast Forecast (December 2017)

Read Croner Reward's expert settlements and forecast report for December 2017.

Pay Awards & Forecasts (November 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (November 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (October 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (October 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (September 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (September 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (July 17)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (July 17)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (August 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (August 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (June 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (June 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (May 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (May 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (April 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (April 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts - March 2017

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Pay Awards & Forecasts - March 2017

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (February 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (February 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (January 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (January 2017)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (December 2016)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (December 2016)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (November 2016)

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Pay Awards & Forecasts (November 2016)

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Gender Pay: The Facts

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Gender Pay: The Facts

Essential information employers need to handle requirements of Gender Pay reporting.

Rethinking Rewards: Changing Times for Pay & Benefits

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Rethinking Rewards: Changing Times for Pay & Benefits

Rethinking the significant changes and challenges to the way in which an organisation rewards employees.

The National Living Wage Research into Strategies

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The National Living Wage Research into Strategies

Looking at the National Living Wage and the effect on you.

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Maternity Pay for Agency Workers: What Do You Need to Know?

Do you know about maternity pay for agency workers? An agency worker has a contract with an agency—a

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How to Get Statutory Maternity Pay: A Guide

UK law protects employees who are having a baby with both maternity leave and—the subject of this ar

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Will Smaller Businesses be Required to Report their Gender Pay Gap?

The Gender Pay Gap reports earlier this year found that the UK has one of the highest gender pay gap

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Redundancy Pay: Everything You Need to Know

Many employers have had to face the dreaded task of making some or all of their staff redundant. Los

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Equal Pay Claims are Rising

In July 2017, tribunal fees were ruled to be unlawful, and so the barrier that stopped employees cla

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Cashing in Your Pension: Everything You Need to Know

Can I Cash in My Pension Early? Since April 2015, once you celebrate the fine age of 55 you can wit

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What is a Workplace Pension Scheme?

A workplace pension scheme helps your employees to save for their retirement. You, their employer, a

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What is A Private Pension?

A private pension plan, or personal pension plan, is a money-saving scheme that you can use to make

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What are Allowable Expenses?

What are Allowable Expenses? Allowable expenses are tax deductible. This means that you don't need

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What is Occupational Maternity Pay?

What is Occupational Maternity Pay? Occupational maternity pay is an optional payment that you can

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How Do Employee Share Schemes Work?

An employee share scheme often comes with a generous tax break to incentivise staff to invest in the

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What You Need to Know About the State Pension

The UK State Pension is a regular pension payment. The Government provides it, and most people in th

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What is Commission Pay and How Should You Use it?

In a business, a commission is a payment you make to your staff. You would base commission pay on th

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How to Work out Maternity Pay

As an employer, you've probably run into problems when dealing with maternity pay. In particular, wh

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Maternity Allowance for Self-Employed Workers

If you're self-employed, or your business makes use of self-employed persons, you might be wondering

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What is a Bonus?

Bonus pay is a sum of money that you add to an employee's wages as a reward for their good results.

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What Are Travel Expenses?

Even when a business trip seems simple, travel expenses can prove tricky. Can your employees claim t

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Is Maternity Pay Taxable?

Yes, maternity pay is taxable. An employee receives deductions for tax and National Insurance on the

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What is Pension Auto Enrolment?

The pension auto enrolment scheme is a government initiative. Its aim is to help more people save fo

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Gender Pay is Done, So What Pay Gap Will Be Next?

The Gender Pay reporting deadline for organisations with 250 employees or more has been and gone, so

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What is Maternity Pay?

Maternity Pay is an employee right. When an employee takes leave due to pregnancy she can qualify fo

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Balancing the Benefits of Coffee Breaks with Workplace Productivity

UK Coffee Week is this month and it focuses on supporting communities across the globe that grow the

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What Do the Final Gender Pay Figures Tell Us?

The final gender pay gap figures are in and show 78% of larger companies pay men more than women. O

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7 Steps for Reporting Your Gender Pay Gap

All businesses with 250 employees or more were required to report their Gender Pay Gap by April 5 20

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Reported Your Gender Pay Gap? So What Next . . .

The latest figures show that as many a 1,500 organisations with 250 employees or more failed to repo

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Employers Urged to Take Gender Pay Seriously on International Women’s Day

Gender Pay looms largely over this year’s International Women’s Day, with a survey revealing that fe

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Why Should Women Get Paid Less Than Men For Doing Exactly The Same Role?

Businesses should take action now, after 80% admit paying men more than women. The latest figures sh

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What Does the Tesco Gender Pay Claim Mean for Employers?

Tesco is reportedly facing Britain's largest ever equal pay claim with a bill potentially running to

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Gender Pay Gap Infographic

Businesses with 250 employees or more are legally required to report their gender pay gap by 4 April

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Gig Economy: Employers Must Pay Holiday & Sick Pay

The Government has confirmed that businesses operating in the so called ‘gig economy’ will be requir

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HR Pay In Parts Of The UK Up To 24% Behind London

A new survey has found that pay for people working in HR roles in much of the UK lags well behind Lo

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Public Sector Marketers 3 Times More Likely To Suffer A Pay Freeze

UK marketing professionals working in the private sector are three times more likely to receive an a

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Pay and Benefits: Is The Charity Sector Catching Up?

For many who work in the charity sector your job is a calling rather than a means to an end. The pa

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Is the National Living Wage Unfair on Young People?

A recent survey of employers found those under 25 can earn between £820 and £6,279 a year less becau

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Charity pay falls behind other sectors by up to 32%

An annual salary survey of 252 charities throughout the UK has found the average pay is as much as

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Second Survey Confirms Gender Pay Gap Findings

A second gender pay gap survey in 24 hours has confirmed the gap in terms of managers pay is well ab

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Latest Reward Salary Reports

Croner Reward have specialised in the pay and benefits market for over 40 years, supporting organisa

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Holiday Pay & Overtime

The latest chapter of the never-ending story of what to pay a worker when they are on a period of an

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Gender Pay Gap: No Small Change Report

An inquiry led by the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee has concluded that there remains to be a

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Gender Pay Gap Regulations: What you Need to Know with One Month to go

With the first snapshot date for Gender Pay Gap calculations due less than a month away on 5 April 2

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January Pay Freeze Beats 2016 Average

Number of companies reporting a pay freeze significantly beats previous record by a staggering 4

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UK Judges Win Pension Claim

The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a claim made against the Lord Chancellor and Secre

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Fat Cat Wednesday: CEOs earn more by midday than employees all year

The High Pay Centre think tank has said that top bosses will have earned more than average workers e

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Woman Wins £75,000 in Equal Pay Case

On Monday 12 December, a court ruled that Ms Tracey Myers, who worked as a training assurance specia

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Mechanical Engineer Earnings are Astronomical in the North West

Despite reports that Fujitsu are planning to make 1,800 employees in the UK redundant, workers in th

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Paying Low Wages Could Ruin Your Online Reputation

Not paying staff a competitive rate? They may take to the internet to vent their frustration publica

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Latest Pay Awards and Forecasts

The Latest information on pay and rewards from Croner shows an increase in the average forecast figu

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Waiting for Gender Pay Regulations? You May be Too Late

Regulations governing gender pay reporting for organisations with over 250 employees that were expec

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Are employees over-inflating their earnings?

UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem believes Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may be exaggerating th

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Pay awards and forecasts

July was a great month for settlement increases, according to Croner’s Reward team. Excluding pay fr

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Domiciliary Managers Financially Worse Off

Managers in domiciliary care earn up to 30% less than their care home counterparts according to new

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Mental health issues can cost 42% salary

Sufferers of mental health problems can earn up to 42% less than their peers, according to new evide

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Have salaries stopped being ‘taboo’?

Just three years ago, research revealed that 50% of UK employers did not advertise salaries in their

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Increase basic pay or offer bonuses?

The ‘To Be or Not To Be’ question of the moment: Do you increase salaries for the whole workforce or

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In a Wage Tug of War Like Leicester City & Arsenal?

It ‘pays’ to be the Premier League Player of the Season; 29-year-old striker Jamie Vardy has found h

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EAT Confirms Commission Payments Should be Included in Holiday Pay

Developments in domestic case law on holiday pay continue to reflect those at a European level, says

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90% of SME Employees Are Happy With Their Pay

90% of employees in SME companies have never raised concerns about their pay and benefits, according

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Travel Time Pay Ruling Will Have a Significant Impact on UK Businesses

A new Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling could have a significant impact on UK com

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Employee Benefits not Family Friendly New Report Reveals

Despite the government’s best efforts to make the work place more family-friendly, the latest Croner

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“Yes! Yes! Yes!” cries Streep, as Arquette’s Oscars speech calls for equal pay for women

One of the major talking points at the 87th annual academy awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angele

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Obesity and Back Pay Rulings: Croner Analysis from Wolters Kluwer

  Richard Smith, Croner Head of HR at Wolters Kluwer, looks at two recent employment law development

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Festive Business Facts Revealed

With just over a week to go until Christmas, new research* from Wolters Kluwer’s UK pay and benefits

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Minimum Apprentice Wage Loophole Carries Financial Risk, Warns Croner

Hair and beauty businesses most likely to be impacted  London 21 January 2014 – Employers usi

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Not All Charity Bosses Are Fat Cats

Croner Survey highlights massive pay difference between private and charity sector CEO’s London

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Care worker employers expected to increase staff’s basic pay

London, 22 May 2013 – Most care workers in the UK private sector may be enduring a pay freeze – like

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Equal pay cases to be heard in Civil Courts

Despite reports claiming that a landmark legal ruling could create a deluge of equal wage claims, em

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Survey Reveals SME Employees are Missing Out on Family Friendly Benefits

Workers in companies of 100 employees or less are losing out on a number of family friendly benefits

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Flexible Working for all Gone AWOL

• Less than half of companies offer flexible working to their entire workforce according to YouGov r

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Croner's view on Tesco increasing pension age

Tesco's recent decision to increase the age at which workers can claim their full pension entitlemen

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2011 Earnings for Clerical and Operative Staff Way Below Inflation

London, 30 January 2012 –The latest edition of the Croner Clerical and Operatives Rewards Survey rev

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Research Reveals Significant Earnings Gap Between Directors of Smaller Companies and Large Organisations

Directors of SMEs no better - and in some cases worse off - than they were in 2007 61% dire

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U.K. Charity sector pay 18% below the private sector

One in six charities imposed a pay freeze in the last 12 months London, 15 September 2011 – Charity

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Employers Should Tailor Benefits to Age Profile, Survey Reveals

Gym for body-conscious 18-24 year olds and flexible working for the middle aged. London, 16 Augus

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What Benefits Do Your Staff Really Want?

New research by Croner reveals a discord between what benefits job seekers want and what employers o