All organisations employing over 250 employees need to publish their Gender Pay Gap figures to a government portal. The Gender Pay Gap looks at the difference in the average pay of men and women in an organisation. This is different from Equal Pay which is where men and women are paid the same pay for the same work.

At Hightown, as at 5 April 2017, the average difference in pay was 11% between men and women, which means the average salary for men is 11% higher than the average salary for women. Our median pay gap is 0%. Our full Gender Pay Gap report can be found here.

Across the country, the average gender pay gap is 17.4%. Although we are pleased to fall below this, there are still improvements to be made.

Why is there a gap at Hightown?
The skills required and the market rate for pay is different in different Hightown roles. The reasons for the gap is:

  1. The large majority of our staff in front line roles are female, especially in Care and Supported Housing.
  2. Although our senior management is fairly well balanced (Heads of Department, Operations Managers, etc) and 69% in our top pay quartile are women, currently the majority of our highest paid executive roles are filled by men (Director level and above).

How does this affect Equal Pay at Hightown?
The Gender Pay Gap is not the same as equal pay. The Gender Pay Gap reflects how women and men are spread throughout the Association.

It does not indicate that men and women doing the same work are paid differently, instead it shows us that a larger proportion of women are in lower paid roles. Hightown
reviews all salaries every two years and ensures that men and women undertaking the same role receive the same hourly rate for the job.

What are we doing about the gap?
We are reviewing our policies and processes for Recruitment, Retention and Remuneration to try to close the Gender Pay Gap over time. Our Board will be reviewing the Gender Pay Gap issues at their meeting in May and our Recruitment & Communications teams have been running campaigns to promote working in care to more men. The last two appointments to Hightown's board were women.