What should I do?


  • Do you believe you are paid less than a comparator of the opposite sex?

  • Do you do the same job as that person?

  • Or do you do a different job but your work is equal to theirs in terms of effort, skill and authority?


Click here to fill in our online claim form.





Or call 0800 044 3820 for a free, no obligation, confidential chat with one
of our legal advisors.


Remember claims can be made against current or past employers in the last 6 years.



The pay gap between men and women in the public sector has recently risen from an average of 10% to 11%.

Most high profile equal pay cases have taken place in the NHS or local authorities.  However, the public sector is also made up of many other organisations who carry out public sector functions of one type or another.


There are 24 Ministerial Departments that include the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence.  There are 22 non-ministerial departments such as the Food Standards Agency, HMRC, National Crime Agency, and 361 Agencies and other bodies such as various advisory committees.  These include the Airport Commission, The Arts Council for England and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, as well as the Prison Service.  Finally there are 72 “high profile groups” like the Immigration Enforcement Office.  There are also 11 public corporations like the BBC.  See


If you feel you are doing the same job as a man or a job rated as equivalent or of equal value, but you are not paid the same and you work in the public sector, then please get in touch.  Whilst there is a lot of discussion about tackling gender pay in equality in the private sector, this does not mean that the vast public sector should be ignored.


Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 places a statutory duty upon public sector bodies to eliminate unlawful pay discrimination.


The general duty covers all the protected characteristics including sex, and in principle therefore cover equal pay between women and men. The general duty applies to public bodies listed in Schedule 19 of the Equality Act 2010 (e.g. schools, further and higher education bodies, local authorities, police, fire and transport authorities, and government departments) and to public, private, or voluntary organisations carrying out public functions, including acting on behalf of a public authority. It applies across the whole of Britain.


Here are some examples of equal pay claims in the Public Sector.


  • Prison Service
    Female administration staff compared their pay with male prison officers and were awarded £50m in back pay.

  • Further and Higher Education
    This was a claim by male university lecturers who were being paid less than women.
  • Health and Safety Executive
    The HSE was paying its staff according to length of service and that is indirect sex discrimination.

  • Ministry of Justice
    An RAF nurse complains that men were being promoted into more senior roles and paid more. The judge ordered that his judgment in her favour be sent to all nurses in the RAF.

  • Audit Commission
    It was decided that pay protection for men following unequal pay could not last forever.



Speak to one of our expert advisors today by calling 0800 044 3820 or fill out the form to the right to get in contact with us.

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