Gender pay gap at Charity Commission is 6.9% - in favour of women

The regulator's pay gap data shows women getting a mean hourly rate of £20.25, compared with £18.93 for men, but male staff get larger bonuses

Charity Commission building
Charity Commission building

Female employees at the Charity Commission are paid more on average than their male counterparts, but men get larger bonuses, data from the regulator shows.

According to the commission’s gender pay gap data, which is based on the hourly pay of 309 staff on 31 March 2017, the organisation’s mean gender pay gap is 6.9 per cent in favour of women.

This is equivalent to women getting a mean hourly rate of £20.25 at the Charity Commission, compared with £18.93 for men. The median gender pay gap is 7.4 per cent in favour of women.

But the mean gender pay gap for bonuses at the commission is 19.4 per cent in favour of men, the data shows, with the median 8.9 per cent higher for men.

Overall, 92.3 per cent of men and 89.8 per cent of women at the commission receive a bonus, the data shows. The average value of bonuses is £857 and includes performance-related pay and reward and recognition payments, it is understood.

Third Sector understands that the commission will carry out further analysis on why a gender gap appears in its bonus payments.

As the gender pay gap is calculated based on actual bonus payments made, according to government pay policy, the gap narrows when you take into account that the payments were made on a pro-rata basis, Third Sector understands.

Therefore, if bonuses were paid on a full-time basis, the gender gap would be narrower, because more women than men at the Charity Commission work part time.

All organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors with more than 250 employees must provide their mean and median gender pay gap data to the government, and publish the proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s payroll.

The commission’s data shows that women marginally outnumber men at all four pay levels.

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: "I am encouraged that women working at the commission earn as much, and indeed a little more, than men on average.

"We are not complacent, however, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we continue to be a great place for women and men to work."

The deadline for submitting the information to the government is 5 April.

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