Small groups of employees and groups consisting only of women/men
The salaries of individual employees cannot be revealed in the equality plan. If there are so few employees in a group that the salary of the group cannot be included without also revealing the salaries of individual employees, then these employees must be included in a group of employees carrying out work that is as similar or as equal in value as possible.
Merging groups may lead to a situation where employees carrying out very different kinds of work in regards to their level of difficulty are part of the same group. This places greater demands on the assessment of the reasons behind differences in pay and whether or not these differences are acceptable. When it comes to small groups, it is easier to discover possible differences in pay and assessing the reasons for these differences in workplaces where the employee representatives who take part in carrying out the pay survey can get access to employee-specific salary data when carrying out the pay survey.
If a group of employees contains only women or only men it can be assessed whether the pay of the group as a whole is placed on the correct level of difficulty when compared to the pay of employee groups that also include members of the opposite sex. It should also be assessed whether this group is treated equally regarding fringe benefits.