Gender Pay Gap Report

Our 2017 gender pay gap report

Co-op Academies Trust is required by law to carry out gender pay gap reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.  This involves carrying out six calculations that show the difference between the average earnings of men & women in our organisation, but does not involve publishing individual colleagues’ data.

We are required to publish the results on our own website and to a government website https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/Viewing/search-results, where the results from other organisations can also be viewed.

We can use these results to assess the levels of gender equality in the Trust, in relation to the pay balance of male and female employees at different levels.

It is the first time we have been required to publish this information.  We expect to be asked to do this every year, so we will be able to see trends emerging.

Gender pay reporting requires us to make calculations based on colleague gender, and their pay during March 2017.  We have done this by using our existing payroll records.  We have followed the approach to reporting set out in government guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gender-pay-gap-reporting-data-you-must-gather and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gender-pay-gap-reporting-what-employers-must-publish.

We believe that men and women are paid equally for doing equivalent jobs across the Trust.  We use pay scales based on the School Teachers Pay & Conditions Document, and for support staff each academy follows the job evaluation / grading structure adopted in its local authority area – all of which use pay scales set by the NJC.

However, it is clear from the quartile information below that we employ more men in higher paid roles (leadership or senior teaching, and predominantly full time), and substantially fewer men in the lowest paid roles (teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors, cleaning & catering, many of which are part time).

Pay & bonus gap

The Trust did not pay any bonuses in the reference period.

On the snapshot date (31 March 2017) there were 839 full-pay relevant employees, of which 22.4% were men and 77.6% were women.

The women’s hourly rate was

19.4% lower (mean) than men13.7% lower (median) than men

Pay quartiles

How many men & women are in each quarter of the Trust’s payroll?

Men  Women
Top quartile33.5% 66.5%
Upper middle quartile20.1% 79.9%
Lower middle quartile27.6% 72.4%
Lower quartile8.5% 91.5%

Next steps

Co-op Academies Trust is committed to undertaking further analysis work on the above results, to establish whether there are any actions which could be taken to start to narrow the gender pay gap which has been identified.