UK companies legally required to publish gender pay gap

It is no longer enough for firms to merely advocate equal pay in the UK: the government is making it mandatory for all companies with more than 250 employees to disclose their gender pay gap on their websites.

The roughly 8,000 firms concerned will be required to reveal the number of men and women in each pay range – including bonus distribution – to show where pay gaps are at their widest.

In addition to firms making yearly gender pay gap information publicly available, from 2018 new league tables will expose the worst offenders and companies that are failing to address the issue.

Latest figures suggest that women in the UK still earn on average 20% less than men.

Toyota launches paint that keeps cars cooler

Toyota is giving its 2017 Prius a new lime green paint job that goes beyond aesthetics. The Japanese carmaker’s “Thermo-Tect Lime Green” – a £245 optional extra – is designed to save energy through tiny reflective titanium oxide particles that will help keep cars cooler by decreasing the amount of sunlight absorbed.

The new solar reflective paint, which is the first of its kind in the auto industry, does not contain carbon black, a common ingredient in paint that...

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