Your Reward and Benefit Specialists
Your Reward and Benefit Specialists

THP brings together a team of senior HR practitioners from major corporate and consultancy backgrounds to offer tailored and pragmatic HR consulting advice and support - at fee rates below those of the established global firms.


We have worked with many of the UK's most successful businesses both domestically and across the globe. We consult in and resolve problems with:

  • Performance management and incentive design
  • Broad-based and executive pay
  • Pensions change and benefits including flex
  • Reward audits and employee communication
  • International remuneration, pay surveys and mobility
  • Performance and Talent management, including grading, job evaluation and competencies
  • Corporate restructuring including HR and the Reward function organisation and development
  • M&A and HR due diligence

Positive steps for positive outcomes

A response to HM Government’s Consultation on Draft Regulations
“Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Regulations”


We applaud the aim of the Government to try to “tackle the complex drivers of the pay gap” and produce proposals which will be “Proportionate and effective” (quotes from Nicky Morgan in the Foreword to the current Consultation).  However, we regret that the outcome so far – the draft Regulations which are the subject of this Consultation – appears to us to be disappointingly simplistic.


Whilst we understand that this is only part of the story, any requirement to report should be an effective tool to help achieve the overall objectives which should be to identify the nature of any gender pay gap(s) within the relevant business and, more importantly, take steps to try to eliminate it/them.


We know that there are gender pay gaps and that it would be useful to measure them. Reporting the measuring exercise could help the aim of tackling the underlying causes of the gaps. The objective of the reporting of comparative gender pay should be primarily to make employers aware of any inconsistency of pay arrangements and outcomes within their business based on gender. This knowledge can then be used by the employer, in conjunction with many other factors, in reducing such inconsistencies and ensuring that they are compliant with any relevant Equal Pay and anti-discrimination legislation.


This response is prepared jointly by : THP HR Consultants (please contact John Nichols on 07860 495734 or in association with Tom Flanagan Consulting (

Joint Response on Gender Pay Gap.pdf
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