Stockport Council announces negative gender pay gap

On International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, Stockport Council is set to publish data that shows it has made further strides in gender pay equality for all its employees.

Papers going to Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 12th of March show that Stockport Council proudly has a negative gender pay gap in both mean and median terms. Cllr Jilly Julian, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources said of the report-

“It’s so positive to see that the hard work on making Stockport Council an inclusive, fair, and progressive employer is paying off. The council is an employer that is both flexible and supportive in its practices, which ensures that we can get the best people in the positions they deserve to be in, and they can thrive as a result.”

Public sector organisations with over 250 employees are required to publish specific data on their own gender pay gaps, and Stockport Council has made further leaps, with the following-
Mean earnings (per hour)
Male: £17.84
Female: £17.94
Pay gap percentage: -0.56%

Median earnings (per hour)
Male: £15.61
Female: £16.21
Pay gap percentage: -3.58%

This year’s International Women’s Day, the theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion’ giving “the world the opportunity to understand and value women’s inclusion, which helps to forge a better world”. On this theme, the news comes ahead of the Stockport Council Cabinet meeting in which there is an even 50/50 gender split amongst its members. Cllr Julian added-

“We have a brilliant group of talented women in our cabinet, our group, and around the Chamber, the work that’s been done since we were elected is a testament to the fact that having an inclusive workplace means that you get the best results. We look forward to continuing to Inspire Inclusion within Stockport, and let our subsequent achievements speak for themselves.”