Average gender pay gap among charities is about 8 per cent, research finds

The figure comes from analysis of data from 568 charities conducted by the freelance data scientist David Kane

The average gender pay gap in the charity sector is about 8 per cent, according to new research.

Research by the freelance data scientist David Kane, a former senior research officer at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, found that the mean and median gender hourly pay gap was about 8 per cent in favour of men.

The data is taken from a government website on which more than 10,000 organisations in the private, public and third sectors have published their gender pay gap data, and the analysis focuses on information from 568 charities identified by Kane. 

All organisations with more than 250 employees had to submit their gender pay gap data to the government before last week’s deadline.

Kane’s research showed the charity sector had a significantly lower pay gap than the private and public sectors, which had reported average pay gaps of 15 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

Charities paid women more on average than men in 20 per cent of cases, Kane’s analysis showed, compared with 11 per cent across all organisations.

Women also outnumber men at all levels of the charity sector, including in the highest-paid roles, Kane’s analysis found.

Seventy-one per cent of the lowest-paid employees in the charity sector were women, Kane’s analysis found, whereas 63 per cent of the highest paid individuals were women.

Kane’s analysis comes after research by Third Sector that showed the top 10 charity brands had a gender pay gap of 12.25 per cent in favour of men.

The highest gender pay gap among charities in Third Sector’s research was at the Royal British Legion, which had a mean pay gap per hour of 20.6 per cent, whereas the Royal National Lifeboat Institution had the lowest mean gender pay gap, with women earning 0.7 per cent less than men on average.

The NCVO has called on all charities to consider publishing their gender pay gap data even if they are not already obliged to do so by the government.

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