What is a pay survey?

In the equality plans particular attention should be paid to promoting equality regarding pay and other employment conditions.

An assessment of the equality conditions in the workplace must be carried out as a basis for the equality planning. It must include details of the employment of women and men in different jobs and a classification of jobs performed by women and men, the pay for those jobs and the differences in pay. This classification is called a pay survey.

The pay survey has been a compulsory part of equality planning since the beginning of 2005. The specified regulations regarding the pay survey took effect at the beginning of 2015 (see sections 6a and 6 b of the Act on Equality between Women and Men).

The aims of the pay survey

According to the Equality Act, the pay survey is used to ensure that there are no unjustified pay differences between women and men who are working for the same employer and engaged in either the same work or work of equal value. So the aim of the pay survey is to make sure that the pay is not in conflict with the prohibitions regarding pay discrimination in the Equality Act.


A pay survey must be carried out at least every two years. If, however, an equality plan is completed every year, then the pay survey can be carried out once every three years.

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