We are confident that men and women are paid equally for doing equivalent jobs across our business. We appoint people to roles based on merit and regardless of age, race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or religion and belief.
We value the contribution made by all our employees and are committed to creating a workplace environment where they want to stay, progress and develop their career with us, and we will continue to support all employees across all roles to reach their potential.
When calculating the difference in average earnings, the gender pay gap takes into account all jobs, at all levels and salaries within an organisation.
This means the gender pay gap indicates the level of roles that women carry out in an organisation. The roles that women carry out can result from many different factors, such as historic trends of one gender dominating certain industries and type of jobs.
We have seen our gender pay gap widen this year, which we recognise is not unusual and is the result of us taking steps to address the issue.
Whilst we are experiencing a period of growth and are therefore recruiting, we work in an industry which has historically suffered from female under representation, which is particularly pronounced at a senior level. However, 50% of the employees identified for key senior roles within our business in the next 3-5 years are women.
We have also seen an increase in the number of women we have recruited into entry-level roles, but recognise the impact of this will take time to translate into a significant reduction of our gender pay gap.