Women who work for Scarborough Council earning higher average wage than men

For the fourth year running, women who work for Scarborough Council have been found to earn a higher average wage than their male counterparts.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:14 am

The council says this is due to the number of men who work in typically lower paid areas of the local government, including refuse collectors and parks staff.

Gender pay gap legislation requires all organisations with a workforce of 250 or more employees to publish an annual gender pay gap report.

The council says it will continue to work with lower paid employees to help them climb their way up the ladder.

Scarborough Town Hall

For the year until March 31 2020, Scarborough Council has a mean gender pay gap of -2%.

This shows that women earned slightly more hourly compared to men.

The national average is 6.5% in favour of male workers.

The median gender pay between men and women at Scarborough Council, which removes the highest and lowest earners, is 4.08% which has more than halved in the previous year.

The gap means that for every £1 earned by women in the authority, men earn 96p.

Despite the figures, the council found that men still made up the majority of its top earners.

A report on the pay gap stated: “While the number of women in the Upper Quartile [of earners] has slightly increased from the previous year, the current make-up of senior roles still shows a higher proportion of men to women.

“As at March 2020, only five of the 18 Service Unit Managers were female and of the top 149 earners in the authority only 40.9% are women.”

In his report to go before Scarborough Council’s full council meeting next week, cabinet member Cllr Janet Jefferson wrote: “In Scarborough Borough Council’s case, we have once again reported a negative mean gender pay gap of -2.% and median pay gap of -4.08%, meaning that on average our male employees receive a lower hourly rate than women employed by the council.

“These figures are largely due to the high number of lower paid male employees undertaking traditional council roles such as cleansing, refuse collection, outdoor leisure and parks.”

The reporting of the 2020 data was delayed by the pandemic.