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Progress from Council on International Women’s Day

Besi Besemar March 7, 2018

New gender pay gap report published by Brighton & Hove City Council on International Women’s Day shows women working for the council on average earn 6% more than men.

This indicates the council is bucking a global trend by being one of a handful of local authorities where women can expect not to earn less than their male counterparts.

The gender pay gap is defined as the average pay gap between male and female staff in hourly pay. All employers with more than 250 employees must now publish their gender pay gap report annually.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and urging communities everywhere to #PressForProgress.

The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report found that gender parity is over 200 years away.

Cllr Emma Daniel
Cllr Emma Daniel

Cllr Emma Daniel, Chair of the Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities & Equality Committee said: “The gender pay gap report shows that our council is committed to inclusion for our female workers, and we’re showing other council’s the way forward. 

“I’m pleased that our approach to fair pay and grading, family friendly employment policies and a commitment to diversity in the workplace has enabled women to develop careers with the council.

“We’re not going to let that take our eye off the ball, and we’re committed to ensuring the council is a fair and inclusive place to work for everyone regardless of gender.

“We’ll be looking at this data and considering what further actions should be taken.

“In the age of the #MeToo campaign there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day.”

The city council attributes the findings to women making up around 60% of their total workforce, and employing more women than men in higher paid roles.

To read the report in full, click here: