Schools release information on their gender pay-gap
March 29, 2018
All UK organisations with over 250 employees are required to publish details of their gender pay gap online by 4 April. With the deadline looming, the BBC has focused on the 181 gender pay gap reports released by schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) so far.
Overall, data analysis conducted by the BBC shows that only 11 of these schools pay women a better median hourly rate than men. The BBC report focuses on one MAT with a pay gap of 59.8%, with men paid nearly 60% more than women.
This data, according to the BBC, “provides an insight into how many women get into senior, well paid positions”. According to data from the National Education Union, one reason why the gender pay gap is so high in some schools and MATs is that, despite “36% of teachers [being] men … 62% of headteachers are men”.
Governing boards must ensure that no group is being treated more, or less generously than others. It is essential that governing boards ensure equality in decision making. If not done so already, those governing in organisations with over 250 staff should publish the details of their gender pay gap online. Details of how to report this information can be found here.