Gender Pay figures published by Carlisle City Council on International Women’s Day (8 March) show that the local authority is bucking the national average.
Figures show that 52.5% of the council’s workforce are women with a median hourly rate of pay which is 3.2% above men.
Jason Gooding, Chief Executive at Carlisle City Council said:
“Perceptions of pay equity impact on employers’ ability to attract, retain and drive employee engagement. Many applicants are now looking at a company's gender pay gap as part of their pre-selection process before choosing to work for them.
“Ultimately, we want our workforce to be flexible, diverse, inclusive and attracts, retains and develops talent. We embrace the need for change and set clear goals to demonstrate that we value all our staff and will continue to look at ways to ensure that Carlisle City Council is a good employer.”
As part of its training programme, the City Council offers a wide range of opportunities for all its staff. Over the past year, this has included self-empowerment workshops and an Everyday Leaders Programme utilising the apprenticeship levy, with more than 70% of female delegates.
The Carlisle City Council results show that on 31 March 2018 the Council employed more women than men and in general the median pay gap between female and male pay is -3.176% i.e. the median hourly rate for women is on average 3.2% higher than men.
The national average gender pay gap between female and male pay is +17.9% (in favour of men) in 2018.
The results have been provided to the UK Government as employers with more than 250 staff are required to report the gap between female and male pay. The new Gender Pay regulations and the requirement to publish data are placed on both public and private sector businesses.
Public sector employers must report by 30 March 2019, while private companies and charities have until April 4. The data published must be a snapshot taken of an organisation’s Gender Pay information taken on 31 March 2018.
Carlisle City Council figures for March 2018 show that the council had at that time 459 members of staff - 218 males and 241 women. The national Gender Pay Gap information is available at https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/Viewing/search-results