I work four days a week and joined my company in mid-April 2015. Staff have just be told about pay rises for the financial year 2015. The going rate seems to be 1%, but I only received 0.75% because I joined part-way through the year. Is this allowed? Can you pro-rate a pay increase due to start date? It means my salary will fall behind my colleagues and will mean a lower starting figure for me when calculating next year’s salary percentage increase.
There is no requirement for employers to give equal pay rises as long as they can justify their reasons for not doing so.
This reason does sound entirely justified. If you have concerns about being on lower pay than a member of the opposite sex, I’d advise that you discuss them informally with your line manager first.