The average gender pay gap at the top ten most recognisable brands in the charity sector is 12.25 per cent in favour of men, although the gap goes as high as 20.6 per cent among the individual charities, according to research by Third Sector.
The figures are taken from statistics supplied to the government by the charities – which make up the ten highest-ranked eligible charities in Third Sector’s Charity Brand Index – as part of a new legal obligation to calculate and publish organisations’ gender pay gaps.
The Royal British Legion had the highest mean and median pay gaps among the ten charities featured, with women paid a mean 20.6 per cent less per hour than their male colleagues and a median 21.3 per cent less.
In a statement, a spokesman for the RBL said: "Like most organisations, there are a number of factors influencing the legion’s gender pay gap, including the diverse range of roles required across the charity and the difference in the number of men and women within those roles.
"However, the legion is absolutely committed to reducing the gap. There is already work under way – including a review of the organisation’s pay and benefits – and we are developing a comprehensive action plan to address any issues raised."
Any organisation with more than 250 staff is legally required to submit its mean and median hourly gender pay gaps to the government, which are then published on the company’s and government’s websites.
The deadline for submitting the data is midnight tonight.
Several other charities in our research had gender pay gaps that exceeded the national average of 9.1 per cent, including the medical charities Cancer Research UK and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
CRUK had a mean hourly gender pay gap of 18.7 per cent and a median of 19.2 per cent in favour of men, and GOSH had a mean of 20.5 per cent and a median of 13.9 per cent.
Two other charities had mean gender pay gaps above the national average. Women at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association were paid a mean average of 12.8 per cent and a median of 9.7 per cent less than men, and Charity Projects – the parent charity of Comic Relief and Sport Relief – had a mean pay gap of 10.3 per cent and a median of 9.6 per cent.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution had the lowest gender pay gap, with women earning a mean average of 0.7 per cent less than their male counterparts and earning 1.7 per cent more on average when calculated using the median.
St John Ambulance, with a mean pay gap of 8.5 per cent and median of 5.3 per cent in favour of men, and the British Heart Foundation, with a mean gender pay gap of 7.7 per cent in favour of men and a median of 6.7 per cent in favour of women, also had pay gaps of less than the national average.