Yorkshire Housing has cut its average gender pay gap by 8.35%, from 9.5% to 1.15%. The median (middle) gender pay gap, influenced by the distribution of men and women in roles with different levels of pay, has also been cut from 14.7% to -0.94%.
Its evolution to a fully flexible way of working, giving colleagues the choice of when and where to work, has helped boost its progress. Yorkshire Housing has also committed again this year to paying at least the voluntary real living wage to its employees. This has helped close the gap for women in its lowest paid roles. This contribution goes beyond salary and can have a positive impact on colleague well-being, morale and mental health.
Commenting, Head of People Nina Evison said: “We’re delighted with the progress we’ve made in closing our gender pay gap to just 1.15%. Over the last 12 months we’ve appointed more women in senior roles. 52% of our Board and Committee are female, and traditionally male dominated areas such as development, health and safety and repairs and maintenance have female leadership. And we recently appointed a new female executive director, a vital role to help Yorkshire Housing achieve its ambitious vision.
“We’re really focused on improving diversity and becoming a truly inclusive employer. We want to keep breaking down barriers to anyone having the career they choose, regardless of gender or any other characteristic. We’re making sure that everyone understands their role in this through our training and awareness programmes. To keep learning and improving we’re partnering with experts such as the Housing Diversity Network and Inclusive Employers.
“We’re heading in the right direction and are really proud of what we have achieved, but we know there’s always more work to do.”
Yorkshire Housing also externally benchmarks all its roles to ensure that men and women are paid the right rate for the work they do. The figures published in the 2020 Gender Pay Gap report are calculated on pay on snapshot date, April 2020.
The gender pay gap is the average difference between hourly wages for men and women. British companies with more than 250 employees have been legally required to report their gender pay gap figures since 2017.
Download the Yorkshire Housing Gender Pay Gap report here.
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