The Greater London Authority (GLA), has a gender pay gap of 4.6%, according to the authority’s latest gender pay audit.
Full-time male employees at the GLA, which employs 795 staff on permanent and fixed-term contracts, are paid £22.44 an hour on average, and full-time female staff are paid £21.40 an hour. The 4.6% gender pay gap figure is calculated according to the median average pay for full-time male and female employees as of the end of March 2016.
The Gender pay gap report: March 2016 data found that the mean hourly pay gap across all staff at the GLA is 8.3%, with women earning £22.97 an hour compared to £25.04 an hour for men. The median hourly pay gap for all staff is 4.8%.
An analysis of gender pay across pay grades found that the highest gender pay gaps in terms of mean hourly pay exist in pay grade nine (8.9%), where employees earn between £46,095 and £49,896, and the spot salary grade, where employees earn £114,623 or more (10.2%). The 59 women in pay grade nine earn a mean hourly rate of £22.54, compared to £24.75 for the 49 men. The three women earning more than £114,623 a year receive a mean hourly rate of £63.81, and the 11 men in this grade earn £71.07 an hour.
The GLA has published its gender pay data ahead of the finalised regulations for mandatory gender pay gap reporting in the public sector.
A consultation into mandatory gender pay gap reporting for public sector employers proposes reporting requirements in line with the private and voluntary sectors. This requires organisations to publish mean and median gender pay gaps.
The current timeline for mandatory gender pay gap reporting requires employers to capture data on 5 April 2017 and then publish findings no later than 4 April 2018, with this cycle continuing on a yearly basis.
The GLA is developing a gender pay gap action plan, subject to consultation. It will continue to monitor this to address differences in pay for men and women in the organisation.
Gender pay gap data has also been published for other GLA organisations up to March 2016. The largest recorded gender pay gap can be found in the London Legacy Development Corporation (35%), Transport for London (19.2%), and Metropolitan Police Service (11.6%).
The London Fire Brigade had no gender pay gap as of March 2016, with both men and women earning £16.17 an hour on average.
The Mayor’s Office for Crime and Policing, London and Partners, and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation recorded gender pay gaps of 3.3%, 3%, and 1.5%, respectively.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said: “It is clear from the data I have published today that we still have plenty of work to do to close the gender pay gap across the Greater London Authority and I will be working with all functional bodies to do everything we can to promote gender equality.
“It is unacceptable that in 2016 in London, the most progressive city in the world, that your gender determines how much you get paid and your career prospects. I have vowed to be a proud feminist at City Hall, and I will remove any barriers to women by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality.
“Clearly we all need to do much more to put our own houses in order. I am determined to lead by example and I hope businesses across the capital will follow suit as we strive to create a fairer society for all.”