Less than one in six employers are concerned that differences in pay are due to gender, but are fearful that the perception of discrimination will lead to more litigation.

A survey conducted by Bond Dickinson did, however, reveal many more businesses are concerned about the implications of new gender pay gap regulations, which will affect approximately 8,000 employers who between them employ around 40 per cent of the working population.

The proposed regulations require large private and voluntary sector employers to publish data on their gender pay gaps, a move the government hopes will help eliminate differences in salary between the sexes.

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