Gender pay gap among charities better than UK average, analysis shows

But research by the data scientist David Kane shows the average pay differential in the voluntary sector has barely changed since last year

Charities pay their female employees an average of almost 8 per cent less than men, analysis of government figures has shown.

Research by the freelance data scientist David Kane, a former senior research officer at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, found that the mean gender hourly pay gap was almost 7.9 per cent in favour of men.

Last year, similar research by Kane showed the pay gap was at 8 per cent for 568 charities, meaning that little has changed in the intervening year.

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. this year’s analysis focuses on information from 571 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 of 4 April.

The total average pay gap reported by charities was below the national average, which is about 8.6 per cent.

Only a fifth of charities paid women more than men, according to the data, with the rest paying men more than women.

But women were paid more in bonuses on average, the data showed, with 11.7 per cent more in favour of female employees, although the data was skewed by a small number of large bonus pay gaps in favour of women at some charities.

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