It’s been revealed that the average pay gap between male and female employees at Folkestone & Hythe District Council continues to narrow.

Figures published this week show a mean average difference of 0.06%, which equates to a difference of just 1p per hour. Meanwhile the median calculations conclude that women earned, on average, nearly 9% more than men.

The difference between the two sets of data is caused by the make-up of staff, the fact it employs more women than men, and the distribution of males and females across the pay spectrum.

Both the mean and median statistics reflect a continued reduction in the council’s gender pay gap in comparison with previous reporting years.

A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “We value the range of skills staff bring to the organisation and the district, and we are proud of our policies and initiatives that support equality of opportunity and diversity”.

“Flexible working has long been a part of our culture, and this has increased even further as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide a variety of development opportunities, including virtual activities that can be accessed at any time, so part time workers don’t miss out.

The council’s figures are also significantly better than the mean averages last recorded nationally (13.1%) and within local government (6.1%) back in 2019.

For a more detailed breakdown of the statistics, please visit www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/your-council/council-information/gender-pay-gap-reporting

The gender pay gap is different to equal pay. The gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between the average earnings of men and women across an organisation.

By Ed

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