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Gender pay gap lower in charities

Research published by NCVO has found the gender pay gap among general charities is far lower than other sectors, being just 2% in favour of men, far lower than averages in the private and public sectors.

The analysis was carried out by the freelance data scientist David Kane. All organisations with more than 250 employees have been required since last year to submit annual data on gender pay, which is published on a government website. Of the more than 10,000 UK organisations that submitted data for 2018/19 by early April, David identified 571 charities.

He then reduced this to "general" charities using the definition in the NCVO’s annual almanac, which discounts organisations such as charitable independent schools, government controlled bodies and housing associations.

While the average gender pay gap among all the charities identified by Kane was 7.9 per cent in April, the latest analysis shows the figure fell to just 2 per cent for general charities. The figure compares favourably with an average 12 per cent pay gap in the private sector and 11 per cent in the public sector. The average across all the UK organisations that filed their data for 2018/19 was 8.6 per cent.

The research shows that 53 per cent of general charities pay men more than women, compared with 78 per cent in the private sector and 84 per cent in the public sector. It also shows that charities across the board have a better representation of women across all pay quartiles. Women make up 63 per cent of the workforce in the highest pay quartile, researchers found, compared with just 26 per cent in the private sector.

Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the NCVO, said the findings told a positive story for household name charities. "But we still have a way to go, we must never be complacent," he said. "Looking at gender equality is just a start. We must also start thinking about ways we can use data to identify and challenge unequal pay for other groups that are underrepresented and experience discrimination."

Read: Third Sector - Gender pay gap among general charities far lower than other sectors, research finds