Report highlights pay gap reduction in Wales

Figures for 2018-2019 show a reduced median gap of 4.6%, compared to last year’s figure of 6.5%.

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For a second year, organisations across the sector employing more than 250 staff have been required to report on their Gender Pay Gaps.

In reports, Tai Pawb analysed figures from seventeen housing associations in Wales to compare the gap with the rest of the UK.

Compared with that of last year, figures for 2018-19 have shown a reduced median gap of 4.6%, from a figure of 6.5%.

According to reports, this median gap means that if all hourly pay rates for men and women were listed from smallest to largest, the man in the middle would earn 5.1% more than that of the woman in the middle.

The mean gap (the total hourly pay divided by number of staff) stands at 5.8%, compared to that of 7.4% in 2017-18.

Of the fourteen organisations that reported last year, five were said to have made progress in reducing their pay gaps to 0%, with just one seeing their gap increase further in favour of women.

According to this year’s reports, despite a “large range of gaps” amongst members, the overall picture is far below the UK average of 11.9%.

Eight of the 12 associations compared saw a fall in their pay gap, and 3 others saw their negative gap (i.e. women were being paid more) increase slightly to be closer to 0%.

The median gap is also said to have narrowed by nearly 30% in the Welsh sector.

The overall number of men and women in each pay quartile is also shown to be much more balanced, but despite more than half of these organisations having female CEOs, there is still a “slight imbalance” towards men in the top quartile.

The report further highlights that whilst more women work overall in housing, the balance throughout the pay quartiles is “extremely encouraging”, with the middle 50% being almost exactly proportionate to the overall picture.

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