Council’s gender pay gap figures published

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Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has published its gender pay gap figures, showing it pays women – on average – 4.5% an hour more than men.

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average pay of all men and all women in an organisation – and is more commonly in favour of men.

It’s not the same as equal pay, where the law requires men and women to be paid the same for work of equal value.

Gender pay gaps can arise where men and women tend to perform different roles or hold different seniority within in an organisation.

Announcing the data, deputy leader Cllr Lynne Hack told April’s council meeting that the authority was one of the 14% of organisations with the gap in favour of women, adding:

“I am delighted that 100 years after women got the vote they are now forging ahead in terms of pay – however, for the council, having identified a gap, we need to identify the reasons for the gap and once this analysis is complete we will publish any actions we will be taking to ensure that men are being fairly treated.”

Earlier in her remarks, Cllr Hack gave some background on the issue:

“Under the Equality Act 2010 all organisations with more than 250 members of staff are required to annually publish information about their gender pay gap: a high level snapshot of pay within our organisation which shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women in our workforce.

It’s important to recognise that this is different from equal pay: the council has a long-established record of equal pay for work of equal value.”

The council’s gender pay gap figures can be found here (as of 31 March 2017).

The compulsory reporting requirement, under the Equality Act, was brought into force last year.

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