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Council’s annual pay policy shows gender parity in salaries

Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019

AVERAGE salaries for male and female staff at Leicester City Council are now the same, a new report has found.

In its latest annual gender pay gap report, the council reveals that median pay was the same for men and women in 2018, at £13.28 per hour.

The gender pay gap was, therefore, zero per cent.

This is an improvement on 2017’s figures which showed a gender pay gap of 3.1%, when median pay was slightly higher for men. The national average gender pay gap in 2018 was 8.6%, with men being paid more.

The findings are part of Leicester City Council’s annual statement on its pay policy which will go before full council at its meeting on Thursday 21 March.

The statement also details salaries of the council’s chief officers within the context of the wider workforce.

Based on the latest available data, the report shows that salaries of Leicester City Council’s chief officers continue to be comparable to those paid at Nottingham, Derby and Coventry councils.

The top earner at Leicester City Council is the chief operating officer. This statutory role is paid a significantly lower salary – around £25,000 to £50,000 less – than comparable roles at neighbouring unitary authorities

The relationship between the top earner’s salary and the median salary also continues to compare favourably.

At Leicester City Council, the ratio is 5.6:1, based on the top salary of £137,075 to the median salary of £24,657. The gap is significantly smaller than that at neighbouring unitary authorities which have a ratio of up to 7:1.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “It is encouraging that this latest statement continues to reflect our commitment to fair pay and we’re proud to be one of just a few employers to have achieved complete parity in the average pay of our male and female staff.

“This annual statement helps ensures that our pay policy at Leicester City Council are open and transparent and this is vital during a period of long-term and severe cuts that have put council budgets under increasing pressure.”

All council’s must publish an annual pay policy statement under section 38 of the Localism Act.