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Council pay disparity

Women working at West Berkshire Council get paid an hourly mean rate that is nearly 20% lower than men’s.

The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire Council, so the mean gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between women’s mean hourly wage and men’s mean hourly wage.

The data is being made available as part of the Government’s Gender Pay Gap Service. Companies in the UK with at least 250 staff members are required to submit their figures to the Government Equalities Office by Wednesday 4 April.

The Council responded and said: “The gender pay gap is based on the average hourly rate of pay for men and women. Because, on average, our male employees are in positions which are more highly paid than the average for our female employees, there is a gap in average hourly pay which currently amounts to 19.5%. However, of course, all Council employees - male or female - are paid equally for doing the same work or work of equal value.”

As well as information about hourly mean rates, the Council was also required to reveal the fact that 2% of men receive a bonus compared to just 1.4% of women.

The average mean bonus pay for women was also 65.5% lower than men’s.

While West Berkshire’s pay inequality isn’t great, it’s not the worst.

In local government, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has the largest gap (33.6%), followed by Breckland District Council, with a gap of 31.3%.

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