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Philip Atkins
Philip Atkins

Council leader welcomes greater pay transparency

Staffordshire’s County Council’s leader has welcomed greater transparency about the differences in average pay between men and women.

Under new government legislation all employers with more than 250 employees must publish a Gender Pay Gap report by 30th March to show the difference between the average hourly pay of men and women employed at the organisation.

The county council’s report reveals that men at the authority are paid on average 12% more than women, due to the fact that there are more men employed in higher-paid senior roles.  The pay gap is lower than the national average at 17.4%, and the public sector average of 17.7%.

Gender Pay is different to Equal Pay, which is where men and women employed in the same or equivalent roles are paid the same.  At the county council, there is no difference between the pay of men and women working in the same or similar roles.

Leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins said that providing information on the pay gap would encourage more organisations to take steps to close it.

He said:

We fully support the Government’s gender pay reporting legislation, as it provides transparency on pay and encourages employers to act faster to close the gap.

At the county council, just over three in four of our employees are women, yet there are more men in higher-paid roles.  Clearly this needs to change, so we need to do some further analysis to understand the causes of the pay gap in Staffordshire and what we can do to close it.

We’re currently developing a new workforce strategy for our organisation and this will look at what steps we can take, from promoting our family-friendly policies such as flexible and smart working, to talent and succession planning.

We need to ensure everyone who works for us has the same opportunities to progress in their career.”