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Gender Pay Gap

This GPG report gives a snap shot of the gender balance within SPIE UK and measures the difference between the average earnings of all male and female employees.

    What is Gender Pay Gap (GPG) reporting?

    Under new legislation all employees with 250+ employees must now report on statutory calculation showing the size of their GPG.

    The GPG gives a snap shot of the gender balance within an organisation and it measures the difference between the average earnings of all male and female employees. This is different to equal pay which is about ensuring that men and women are paid the same for carrying out the same work.

    We have to report on 6 specific calculations namely;

    1. 1. Average gender pay gap as a mean average
    2. 2. Average gender pay gap as a median average
    3. 3. Average bonus gender pay gap as a mean average
    4. 4. Average bonus gender pay gap as a median average
    5. 5. Proportion of males receiving a bonus payment and proportion of females receiving a bonus payment
    6. 6. Show the proportion of males and females within each pay quartile by dividing into 4 groups ordered from lowest to highest pay

    In addition to this the GPG reporting specifies the date on which the information is to be captured – which is known as the snapshot date (5th April).

    In calculating the above Ordinary Pay includes: basic pay, allowances, pay for piecework, shift pay.

    Bonus includes: profit share, productivity, performance, incentive, commission.

    All of the above pay must be comparable so everything is converted into an hourly rate again using specific calculations as supplied under the GPG regs.

    The results:

    1. 1. Mean pay diff between male and female employees = 37.60%
    2. 2. Median pay difference between male and female employees = 38.50%
    3. 3. Mean Bonus difference between male and female employees = 30.73%
    4. 4. Median Bonus difference between male and female employees = 63.80%
    5. 5. Bonus proportion shows 13.03% of males as receiving a bonus versus 1.64% of females

    Gender Split by Pay Band Explained

    Pay Band A - Up to £8.60 per hour

    Pay Band B - £8.62-£12.17

    Pay Band C - £12.17-£17.67

    Pay Band D - Above £17.69 per hour

    ​Understanding SPIE UK's GPG

    SPIE UK’s GPG is based on the snap shot date of 5 April 2017. It is based on a total population in scope of 3351 Employees and split with 1034 females and 2317 males so a population where 31% is female and 69% is male. Whilst we have a about a third of our population represented by females it is worth noting that the majority of these females are based in the lowest earning quartile carrying out part time cleaning work which is not a core part of our service offering.

    SPIE UK operates in an Industry that has typically male dominated activities such as engineering, construction, cables, facilities maintenance and installation and so we will see male dominance in all the quartiles and also at the higher salary end hence the reason for the GPG being as it is. The under representation of women in Senior Functional and Senior Operational roles is the main reason for the GPG in SPIE Ltd. Many females join the Company in Admin and Advisory capacities where the salary progression may not be as quick as that attained in the Operational roles. There will be, of course, other external factors such as attractiveness of the Industry to women and the benefits they may deem as important at odds with what is currently on offer.

    The Bonus gap is high is due to the fact that the term ‘bonus’ has quite a wide scope under the GPG reporting requirements (not just payments under the Bonus schemes but includes productivity, incentive, daily bonus, client bonus etc). The scope therefore captures payments which are made to many of our weekly paid trade employees where we have a large male dominated presence so this has a big impact of the size of the gap, as well as the fact that there is under representation of females at a senior level and so fewer of them within the appropriate bonus pool.

    ​What are we doing to close SPIE UK's GPG?

    1. 1. Making SPIE UK more female friendly - we have introduced a forum called 'So'SPIE Ladies' to encourage females within SPIE to network and share experiences. This is not just a female network...So SPIE Ladies runs regular workshops to stimulate debate on subjects such as stereotyping, what can be done to attract more females into the industry and other key topics.
    2. 2. On the back of the 'So'SPIE Ladies' forum we have looked to encourage female inclusion in the SPIE UK mentoring programme.
    3. 3. We are tackling and setting KPIs for female representation on key Leadership Development programmes such as SPIE Talents and the SPIE UK Leadership Development programme (the current cohort has a 50/50 split male/female).
    4. 4. We will be sponsoring the Woman of the Year Award which looks to honour 'inspirational and extraordinary' women and recognises achievements across a range of field.
    5. 5. Focus on female in sport - in recent years we have sent a female team to participate in La Parisienne an annual mass female running event in Paris each year, plus we include and encourage female participation in the SPIE Football tournament.

    ​More to do:

    Whilst the above areas go some way to help raise the profile of females within SPIE UK there is still some way to go to encourage a wider representation across all our disciplines and especially in the Operational and Engineering fields.

    Focus areas:

    1. 1. How do we attract more females to SPIE? This will be looking at how we recruit and the source of recruitment. We currently work with Schools in order to attract young people into the Industry, however, we need to expand this and look at ways to reach out to young females to consider their career options with SPIE.
    2. 2. Flexibility: Offering more flexibility in benefit provision, working hours and maternity benefits in an effort to attract women into SPIE. As technology evolves and remote working becomes an accepted way of working this may in turn help attract females into the company.
    3. 3. Career Development: Working closely with females who aspire to develop to more senior roles and support them in their career with us.


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