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Negative gender pay gap for third year running

Published on Thursday, 19th December 2019

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Hambleton District Council employs 8% more women than men - and has reported a negative gender pay gap for the third year running.

As part of the authority’s annual ‘gender pay gap’ report it has revealed that of the total workforce 54% of them are women – 40% of the full time workers and 70% of those working part time.

The median gender pay gap at March 2019 – the difference between the median hourly rate for male employees and that of female employees – was negative at -8.25%, compared to

-10.19% a year earlier. The equivalent mean pay gap was -5.92%, compared to -5.76% in March 2018

“It is usual for the pay gap to be a positive figure with men reported as higher earners – so for us to have a high negative is unusual,” said Chief Executive, Dr Justin Ives.

“This is good news as it shows that gender distribution across the workforce is not male dominated as shown in many organisations and for the third year running we have reported a negative pay gap figure.”

All organisations that employ more than 250 people must annually publish specific information about their gender pay gap – it analyses gender distribution across the workforce.  It is not about equal pay which is the right for men and women to be paid the same rate when doing the same job.

“Hambleton District Council actively encourages a healthy work/life balance and promotes a flexible approach to take this into account, indicated by the high level of part time work by both genders,” added Dr Ives.

Hambleton’s full gender pay gap report will be published on by March 30, 2020.