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 2020 Suffolk Libraries employed 314 permanent staff: 260 females and 54 males. The gender pay gap between men and women was 15.7% compared with 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 82.8% of the total workforce (last year was 86%)
- Staff numbers have increased from 286 last year to 314 this year; this affected female numbers only in the lower quartile.
- Salary sacrifice schemes reduce the hourly rate paid to a member of staff. Over time more staff have switched to this method, of which 73% 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 £8.75 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 8.9%, an increase 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.
Applicants for all posts are assessed on their abilities and of those, the strongest candidates are selected for interview, nothing else is a factor, however this does rely on female candidates applying to be selected for interview.
Whilst we believe we have a strong recruitment policy designed to attract a diverse range of future employees we are also aware that we must attract more female applicants.
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