In April 2018 it became a statutory requirement for all employers in the United Kingdom with 250 or more employees to publish details of the “gender pay gap” in their organisation. This includes schools, multi-academy trusts (MATs) and federations who are their own employers.
This week, The Guardian released analysis of the gender pay gap data published to date. This revealed that, of all the employers listed, 23 of the worst 50 employers were MATs, each with “gaps greater than 50%, meaning on average women working in the schools were paid 50p for every £1 earned by a man”. Furthermore, nearly four-fifths of MATs who reported their gender pay gap had “a median pay gap worse than the national average of 17.9%”, and ““just one of the 289 trusts to have reported so far had a 50:50 gender split among its lowest earners”.
Governing boards are reminded of their legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that employees carrying out the same role are paid equally, regardless of their gender.