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Gender Pay Gap: National Inclusion Week blog

On day two of National Inclusion Week, our HR Manager, Viv Renshaw, writes about the RBH gender pay gap...

Did you know that in the UK the average difference between male and female pay is 18.1%?

At RBH, the difference in male and female pay at RBH is only 4.61%, which is great news, but we know that there is more to do.

We are really well represented by females in our senior team with three females in our Executive Management Team (75%), and six of our eight Heads of Service are females. We know that across RBH, some roles are more predominantly occupied by one gender. Just some examples are:

  • only seven out of 158 Repairs team members are females.
  • all 15 of our Mobile Wardens are female.
  • only three of our 15 Neighbourhood Housing Officers are male.

We will be looking at ways to address this through our Equality & Diversity Strategy and how to try to attract a more equal spread of males and females across posts more traditionally occupied by one sex.  We’ve already started working with schools and students at option stage to make them aware of the wide range of apprenticeships available at RBH, which had great results of recruiting two females this year’s six trade apprenticeships.

We do have one area of gender inequality in relation to bonus payments; but this is due to a historical situation relating to four of our 620 colleagues (0.16%) who are protected by the TUPE regulations.  These colleagues TUPE transferred to RBH over six years ago from a private contractor, with different pay structures and bonus payments.  RBH hasn’t changed those terms and conditions, which hopefully dispels some of the fears and myths that are around about TUPE. When any of these four colleagues decide to retire or leave RBH, we will recruit on RBH terms and conditions; so this gap will then be further eroded.

UK companies with 250 or more employees have to publish their gender pay gaps within the next year under a new legal requirement. This move is part of attempts to fight workplace discrimination. RBH’s figures are a snapshot of our employee pay as at 5 April 2017 and we will be publishing our data on the government database.

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