More information on pay disparity between the sexes will come to the fore next April when businesses are required to publish certain information.   Every business with 250 employees or more will face scrutiny about the differences in pay and will have to grapple with how to explain any discrepancies. 

The disclosure of these figures which I understand was heavily resisted, is embarrassing for the BBC especially when their recent diversity agenda and action plan received such acclaim.

It shows that such biases are alive and in operation and that organisations will really have to double their efforts if they want to engage with the issues to create true pay equality and protect their reputations.   This means more than having an equality and diversity policy; other initiatives and unconscious bias training are probably required.

Research indicates that once such information is published, prospective applicants will use it to make choices about future employers so if attracting and retaining the best talent is important, the numbers need to add up.