RNLI publishes gender pay gap figures

01 Feb 2018 News

RNLI Portrush crew member. Credit Nigel Millard.

RNLI has produced a public report into its gender pay gap figures, showing that men earn on average 0.7 per cent more than women.

Any organisation that has 250 or more employees must now publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap. The deadline for businesses and charities to publish their figures is 4 April each year.

Other charities, such as VSO, have published their pay gap figures in their accounts, but RNLI is one of the first large charities to produce and publicise a full independent report.

The gender pay gap at the lifeboat rescue charity is 0.7 per cent, based on an average hourly rate (the mean average) for men and women employed by the charity in Great Britain. This means men are paid 12p more an hour.

The median female pay is 1.7 per cent more than males, which equates to 24 pence per hour more than male employees.

Sue Barnes, people director at the RNLI, said: “At the RNLI, we are absolutely committed to demonstrating equality for all our employees in recruitment, promotion, development opportunities and pay. We value the many benefits diversity brings to our organisation.

“We have a formal process of grading jobs at the RNLI to ensure rigorous decisions are made on job grades and rates of pay. Gender pay gap data is, and will continue to be, reviewed by our Remuneration Committee and actions to address gender pay gaps form part of our annual pay review cycle.”

The RNLI has 1,894 employees based in Great Britain, with 66 per cent male and 34 per cent female. The RNLI’s executive team consists of nine members of staff, five male and four female.

Although the new regulations require the gender pay gap figures to be published for Great Britain only, when staff from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland are included, the RNLI’s mean gender pay gap figure is 1 per cent.

The RNLI also has a mean gender pay gap figure of 1 per cent for its staff in the Republic of Ireland.

NCVO also recently published their pay gap figures, calling on other charities to do the same.

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