Revealed: The gender pay gap in the public sector in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 13:46 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:46 09 April 2018

There is a gender pay gap in the public sector in North Somerset.

There is a gender pay gap in the public sector in North Somerset.

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The gender pay gap is as high as 28 per cent within North Somerset's public sector, with women paid less than men on average.

The Government requires employers with more than 250 staff to publish their gender pay gap figures.

Across the public sector, in health, the police, fire service and North Somerset Council, men are more likely to be filling the top-paid roles.

North Somerset Council reported a 13.7 per cent average gap, meaning women are paid 86p for every £1 men at the authority earn.

And even though men make up 27 per cent of the overall workforce, they contribute 40 per cent of the council’s highest earners.

The council’s report says: “We are confident this gap is not as a result of paying men and women differently for the same or equivalent work, rather it is as a result of the roles in which men and women work within the council and the salaries these roles attract.”

It says services such as rubbish collections, which traditionally employ more men, have been outsourced to private contractors, but care services, which typically employ more women, are still covered by the council.

North Somerset Community Partnership, which runs North Somerset Community Hospital in Clevedon, reported a 9.3 per cent pay gap.

The partnership says it will continue to monitor the gap as it provides a valuable measure of equality in the workplace.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust, which runs Weston General Hospital, says women are paid 28 per cent less an hour than men, which works out as 72p for every £1.

Around 7.9 per cent of male medical staff received a financial bonus, compared to 1.3 per cent of female medical staff – and on average, the bonus payment is £5,084 less for women.

The trust has created a working group to carry out further investigations.

At Avon and Somerset Constabulary, there is a 12.6 per cent pay gap.

But while a similar proportion of male and female staff have received bonus payments, those bonuses for men are 34.1 per cent more.

The force says being aware of the issue will help it tackle it and it expects to reduce or remove the bonus gap in future.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service reported a 3.9 per cent pay gap among its staff.

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