As an employer with over 250 staff, Suffolk Libraries is required by law to carry out Gender Pay reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) regulations 2017.
On 5 April 2021 Suffolk Libraries employed 330 permanent staff: 275 females and 55 males. The gender pay gap between men and women was 12.3% compared with 15.7% in 2020, 15.2% in 2019 and 18.4% in 2018.
The full details of our Gender Pay Gap reporting are shown below, and the following factors should be considered:
- Female staff represent 83.3% of the total workforce (last year was 82.8%)
- Staff numbers have increased from 314 last year to 330 this year
- Salary sacrifice schemes reduce the hourly rate paid to a member of staff. Over time more staff have switched to this method, of which 75% are female (an increase on last year)
- As per reporting rules, any staff with unpaid leave are not included
- Most staff on the minimum rate of £8.91 per hour are female and this reduces the mean average amongst female staff as there are fewer male staff overall
- The median average shows the middle rate male and female staff is 5.3%, which is a decrease on last year.
Our Senior Leadership Team is fully committed to focusing on development opportunities across the organisation and especially on enabling all colleagues to fulfil their potential. For example, Suffolk Libraries was one of the first organisations in England to take on apprenticeships as part of the governments Kickstart scheme. The majority of those given opportunities were female.
The organisation is in the process of creating development pathways for colleagues and offered several secondments in 2021. Suffolk Libraries has created an Accessibility and Diversity Board to ensure voices from across the organisation are represented and heard.
Note: Quartiles are calculated by dividing the workforce into four equal size groups and show the proportion of men (blue) and women (pink) in each quartile band, Quartile 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest.