The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017, that came into effect in 2017, require public sector organisations employing over 250 staff to carry out gender pay gap reporting.
From 30 March 2018, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority is required annually to publish six pieces of prescribed data about the pay and bonuses of males and females within the organisation:
- Mean gender pay gap in hourly pay
- Median gender pay gap in hourly pay
- Mean bonus gender pay gap
- Median bonus gender pay gap
- Proportion of males and females receiving a bonus payment
- Proportion of males and females in each pay quartile
The six pieces of data are also available on the gov.uk website along with all other organisations with over 250 employees.
The Authority’s gender pay gap presented to the Executive Committee on 14 March 2018 stated at 19 per cent, is broadly in line with the average UK gender pay gap of 18.1 per cent using the Office of National Statistics Data.
A key reason for this is the lower representation of females within the operational workforce and at managerial levels. We have been working very hard to ensure that there are no organisational barriers and are actively engaging with all of our staff to provide support and opportunities for all.
The Authority is committed to working towards attracting, developing and retaining a more diverse workforce and to reduce the gender pay gap further.