Yorkshire Housing has revealed it has cut the average gender pay gap within its workforce by more than 8%.
The social landlord says it has decreased the pay gap within the organisation from 9.5% to 1.15% – a total difference of 8.35%.
The median (middle) gender pay gap – influenced by the distribution of men and women in roles with different levels of pay – has also been cut from 14.7% to -0.94%.
Yorkshire Housing says its evolution to a fully flexible way of working, giving colleagues the choice of when and where to work, has helped boost progress.
The landlord has also committed to another year of paying at least the voluntary real living wage to its employees, saying that doing so has helped close the gap for women in its lowest paid roles.
The landlord said the contribution goes beyond salary and can have a positive impact on colleague well-being, morale, and mental health.
Head of People Nina Evison said: “We’re delighted with the progress we’ve made in closing our gender pay gap to just 1.15%
“Over the last 12 months we’ve appointed more women in senior roles. 52% of our Board and Committee are female, and traditionally male dominated areas such as development, health and safety and repairs and maintenance have female leadership.
“And we recently appointed a new female executive director, a vital role to help Yorkshire Housing achieve its ambitious vision.
“We’re really focused on improving diversity and becoming a truly inclusive employer. We want to keep breaking down barriers to anyone having the career they choose, regardless of gender or any other characteristic.
“We’re making sure that everyone understands their role in this through our training and awareness programmes. To keep learning and improving we’re partnering with experts such as the Housing Diversity Network and Inclusive Employers.
“We’re heading in the right direction and are really proud of what we have achieved, but we know there’s always more work to do.”
Yorkshire Housing also externally benchmarks all its roles to ensure men and women are paid the right rate for the work they do.
The figures published in the 2020 Gender Pay Gap report are calculated based on pay during the snapshot date of April 2020.
The gender pay gap is the average difference between hourly wages for men and women.
British companies with more than 250 employees have been legally required to report their gender pay gap figures since 2017.
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