7 March 2018

Progress on International Women's Day 2018

Women working for Brighton & Hove City Council are on average earning 6% more than men in the new gender pay gap report published on International Women’s Day. This means that the council is bucking a global trend by being one of a handful of local authorities where women can expect not to earn less than their male counterparts.

The gender pay gap is defined as the average pay gap between male and female staff in hourly pay. All employers with more than 250 employees must now publish their gender pay gap report annually.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and is urging communities everywhere to #PressForProgress. 

The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report found that gender parity is over 200 years away. Brighton & Hove City Council however is proud to be doing more for women.

Cllr Emma Daniel, Chair of the Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities & Equality Committee said: “the gender pay gap report shows that our council is committed to inclusion for our female workers, and we’re showing other council’s the way forward. 

“I’m pleased that our approach to fair pay and grading, family friendly employment policies and a commitment to diversity in the workplace has enabled women to develop careers with the council.

“We’re not going to let that take our eye off the ball, and we’re committed to ensuring the council is a fair and inclusive place to work for everyone regardless of gender.

“We’ll be looking at this data and considering what further actions should be taken.

“In the age of the #MeToo campaign there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day.”

The city council attributes the findings to women making up around 60% of their total workforce, and employing more women than men in higher paid roles. 

You can read the full report here

Notes for Editor:

  • The Mean (average) gender pay gap in hourly pay is -6.03%.
  • The Median (middle) gender pay gap in hourly pay is -7.29%.
  • Mean Hourly Rate for females was £14.88 and for males was £14.03
  • The data is based on all council employees (excluding school based staff) who were employed on 31 March 2017 and casuals paid during that month.
  • The BBC have an interactive map highlighting gender pay gaps across the country: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41805053 (We are not responsible for the content on third party websites).