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The Equality Act 2010 states that men and women are entitled to equal pay for equal work. Equal work is categorised as follows: 

  • 'like work' – the same, or broadly similar work; 
  • 'work rated as equivalent' – different work, but where the jobs have been rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme; and 
  • 'work of equal value' – different work, but which could be rated as equivalent if there had been a job evaluation scheme. 

Pay includes all contractual elements of wages and salaries including pensions. Equal pay law applies toall workers whose contract requires personal service, including apprentices and even self-employed people who are contracted to do work personally. It doesn’t matter whether the contract is full-time, part-time, casual or temporary  and there is no minimum length of service required.

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