WOMEN working for Warwickshire County Council earn around ten per cent less than men.
The gender pay gap is revealed today – International Women’s Day – in a new report published by the council itself.
It shows the average hourly rate for its female employees is £13.01 – 10.6 per cent less than the £14.55 average hourly rate of a male employee.
There is also a disparity of what is paid to staff who are eligible for bonus payments, where a 5.5per cent difference exists in favour of men.
Around 70 per cent of the county council’s workforce are women.
The council says: “We are committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and equal treatment for all employees and we employ and promote staff based on competency in open and fair competition.
“We will continue to monitor our workforce, empower talent at all levels, have working practices which are flexible and enable people to balance work and personal life, as well as to identify other steps that can be taken to reduce the gender pay gap.
“We recognise that there will not be a quick or easy fix as gender pay gaps are the result of societal and educational factors, and we employ a complex and diverse workforce across a wide range of roles and professional areas.”
New regulations introduced last year requires any organisation that has 250 or more employees to publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap.
Businesses and charities must publish by 4th April each year and public sector organisations must publish by 30th March each year.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s 2017 report shows its female staff were paid 28 per cent per hour less than the male employees.
Sixty per cent of the council’s workforce are women.
The council says that it has a clear policy of paying employees equally for the same or equivalent work, regardless of their sex, and is confident that its gender pay gap does not stem from paying men and women differently for the same or equivalent work.
Other local organisations who have posted their reports on the website are the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs local hospitals. It shows women are paid 20.6 per cent less than men.
The trust said of the less than two per cent of staff that do recieve bonus pay, men receive a lower bonus value compared to women
Eighty five per cent of the trust’s workforce are women.
It report says: “We work hard to make sure that inclusion is a normal part of who we are and what we do. By offering two levels of training to our recruiting managers we ensure that awareness of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act is sustained, and bias is moderated in our recruitment processes.”
Warwickshire College Group published its most recent figures in October, which showed that its 850 female staff were paid an average of 16.6 per cent less than its 480 male employees.
The college, which has a female principal and chief executive in Angela Joyce, said its figures were distorted by the fact that the majority of lower paid roles; domestic assistants, catering assistants and learning support assistants are females, who also work on a part time basis.
It says it offers a range of flexible working options which are available to all staff and undertakes biannual Equal Pay Audits which have demonstrated that there is not an equal pay issue at the college.