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Town Hall women are earning more than men

Council report on pay gaps shows women earn £1.13 for every £1 men earned by men, with more male employees in low-paid jobs such as waste collection, caretaking and street cleansing

06 April, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Cllr Andy Hull: Pay figures ‘positive’

WOMEN are on average paid more than men at the Town Hall, it has been revealed.

Islington Council’s median hourly rate for women is 12.61 per cent higher than men’s, meaning women earn £1.13 for every £1 men earn.

All employers with 250 or more employees must now publish pay-gap statistics.

Finance chief Councillor Andy Hull said the figures were “positive”, showing no pay bias against women.

“However, in order to go even further and ensure there are no unfairnesses lurking beneath these headline figures, Islington Labour has committed in our manifesto to conduct a grade-by-grade review of pay according to gender to make sure that men and women on the same grades and doing the same jobs are paid equally,” he added.

The data reveal how women dominated the top paid roles,with 56.9 per cent of women sitting in the top quartile.

In the lowest pay group, this was only 37.8 per cent.

In a report on pay gaps, the council said there were more men employed in low-paid jobs, particularly “traditionally male-dominated” jobs such as waste collection, caretaking and street cleansing.

Some of these services were taken in-house by the council in 2012 and 2013.

At Whittington Hospital trust, women’s median hourly pay was 5.3 per cent lower than men’s.

Explaining the disparity, the trust said: “Our gender pay gap is largely driven by a small number of male administrative staff who receive proportionately high pay on an hourly basis.

“In a number of our staff groups – such as nursing, allied health professionals and doctors in training – our female staff earn more per hour on average than our male staff.

“We already actively support women to return to work following maternity and adoption leave and offer flexible working arrangements. We are committed to tackling this issue and will be developing further actions to address this.”

The pay gap at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the two boroughs’ mental health services, shows the women’s median hourly rate is 7.8 per cent lower than men’s.

When the pay snapshot was taken last March, the workforce was made up of 70.4 per cent women, consistent with the NHS nationwide.

A spokesperson for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have in the last 18 months introduced initiatives across our workforce to encourage internal career progress­ion and to support colleagues in their wider development through coaching and mentoring.

“We expect these developments to play an important role in helping reduce further our gender pay gap.”

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