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Gender Pay Gap narrative 2021-22


Colchester Council gender pay gap statistics

The gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women.

This involves carrying out legally required calculations that show the difference between the average earnings of men and women in our organisation.

The gender pay gap should not be confused with unequal pay, which is the unlawful practice of paying men and women differently for performing the same or similar work or work of equal value.

Statistics from 31 March 2021 to 2022

Hourly Rate 

Mean: 1.9% in favour of women

Median: 9.7% in favour of women

These calculations make use of two types of averages:

  • A mean average involves adding up all of the numbers and dividing the result by how many numbers were in the list.
  • A median average involves listing all of the numbers in numerical order. If there is an odd number of results, the median average is the middle number. If there is an even number of results, the median will be the mean of the two central numbers.

Pay quartiles – the percentage of men and women in each pay quarter

Women occupy 55.7% of the highest paid jobs and 51.1% of the lowest paid jobs. 
 
Top quartile of staff by earnings

Men: 44.3%
Women: 55.7%

Upper middle quartile

Men: 49.2%
Women: 50.8%

Lower middle quartile

Men: 60.8%
Women: 39.2%

Lower quartile

Men: 48.9%
Women: 51.1%

Bonus pay

Mean: 69.2% in favour of men

Median: 69.6% in favour of men

Of those who received bonus pay:

Men: 18.7%
Women: 0.7%

Page last reviewed: 31 March 2022