I suspect male colleagues doing the same job as me are being paid more. How do I go about finding out?

You can ask your employer questions about its pay policies and the pay awarded to male colleagues. The Acas guidance Asking and responding to questions of discrimination in the workplace (PDF, 165KB) encourages potential claimants to ask questions of their employer before deciding whether to issue tribunal proceedings based on discrimination. It includes a 'questioner’s template' to guide you with your choice of questions.

In an equal pay claim, Acas suggests a three-step process:

  1. Identify your comparator.
  2. Explain how they are doing equal work to you.
  3. Ask further relevant pay-related questions, such as how pay is determined by the employer and what there is in the comparator’s job description that could explain the difference in pay.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.