This year, all public and private sector organisations in the UK with more than 250 employees have to reveal the difference between what they pay men and women. Whilst Christ Church Students’ Union (CCSU) doesn’t fit into this category we thought it could be a useful exercise to see where we stand.
What is the gender pay gap?
The gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women. These figures are expressed as both mean and median.?? The median is typically a more representative figure as the mean can be skewed by a handful of highly paid employees.
What are ‘mean’ and ‘median’?
The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire organisation so the mean gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between women’s mean hourly wage and men’s mean hourly wage.
The median hourly rate is calculated by ranking all employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid, and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle; so the median gender pay gap is the difference between women’s median hourly wage (the middle paid woman) and men’s median hourly wage (the middle paid man).
The Results at CCSU
Women’s mean hourly rate at CCSU is ?2% lower than men’s. So when comparing mean hourly rates, women earn ?98p for every £1 that men earn.
Women’s median hourly rate at CCSU is 16.4% ?higher than men’s. In other words when comparing median hourly rates, women earn ?£1.16 for every ?£1? that men earn.
Christ Church Students’ Union currently only has 13 employees (including Sabbatical officers) as so it’s worth noting that such a small sample size will skew results and can’t always be comparable to larger organisations.
The Results at CCCU
Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) have already submitted their report which shows the following:
Women’s mean hourly rate at CCCU is 12.2% lower than men’s. In other words when comparing mean hourly rates, women earn 88p for every £1 that men earn.
Women’s median hourly rate at CCCU is 19.3% lower than men’s. In other words when comparing median hourly rates, women earn 81p for every £1 that men earn.
This is the link for their webpages regarding the gender pay gap at CCCU.
Most employers will have a gap in the first year. The gender pay gap is very real though. The key next step is to take action to address it.