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Council publishes gender pay gap figures

Uttlesford District Council has published its gender pay gap data.

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All employers with more than 250 staff are required to publish data showing the difference between what men and women are paid before a 31 March deadline.

The council published its data as part of its Pay Policy, which was approved by councillors last week.

As at 31 March 2017, the date which the gender pay gap regulations specify, the council had 344 employees (163 men and 181 women). On average, female staff were paid 3 per cent more than male staff overall. At a senior level there was an almost equal number of men (8) and women (7).

Cllr Simon Howell, Cabinet Member for Finance & Administration, said: "The driver of gender pay gap reporting, in a national context, is that fewer women than men are employed in senior and higher paid positions. I am pleased this is not the case at Uttlesford which is committed to promoting a culture of fair treatment, respect and dignity for all.

"The council has been an accredited Living Wage employer since January 2015 and is an equal opportunities employer. It also offers a variety of flexible working arrangements which are designed to support staff."

The Pay Policy was approved by Full Council on 22 February. The report can be found at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/paypolicy

28 February 2018