At Just Ask Estate Services we are confident that our gender pay gap does not stem from paying men and women differently for the same or equivalent work. Rather our gender pay gap is the result of the roles in which men and women work within the organisation and the salaries that these roles attract.
Also notable is on the snapshot date, a significant number of colleagues were classed as on ‘leave’ either as a result of being on furlough or self isolating. We therefore wish to caveat this report is not 100% representative of our colleague population.
The gap between males and females receiving bonuses has marginally increased on last year. However the mean average gap in bonus amounts awarded has decreased by almost 30%. This demonstrates that whilst only a small number of managers eligible for bonus are female, there is more parity in the bonus awards.
Whilst our median pay gap has remained the same, our mean gender pay gap has increased this year from 7.7% to 9.3%.This is illustrative of the sector we operate within. This is attributable to successfully maintaining a higher number of Grounds Maintenance contracts which largely attract males and happen to command a higher salary.
When the figures are further broken down, it is clear that this gap is most pronounced in the upper and upper middle quartiles. The gap in the upper quartile is however reducing. Meanwhile the lower and lower middle quartiles are both displaying a positive trend towards a 50/50 ratio. To address the disparities in the upper quartiles, we will continue to promote flexible working options and also introduce robust objective succession planning. The increase in the hourly pay gap has slowed significantly year on year. We will seek to reduce the gap by focusing on the following areas:
- Recruitment (broadening our selection pool and reviewing our process for any unconscious bias)
- Ensuring pay and reward structures are underpinned by job evaluation and are clearly defined.
As demonstrated above, Just Ask Estate Services is committed to reporting on an annual basis on what we are doing to reduce the gender pay gap and the progress that we are making. We are dedicated to making Just Ask Estate Services a company in which all individuals are treated with respect, and diversity is celebrated.
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