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Posted on Mar 23 2020 by

We’ve always valued the importance that difference can bring to the workplace, and we work hard to ensure St Andrew’s is a fully inclusive organisation.

We’ve recently reviewed the relationship between ethnicity and pay in our charity. This is something that we’re not required to review or publish, however with our commitment to transparency we want to share our results with you. The results highlight the difference in average hourly pay between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and non-BAME colleagues. The calculations are based on individuals who have disclosed their ethnicity, which is currently 68% of our workforce.

When organisations publish pay gap data, the median is the main focus. This measure is calculated by listing all rates of pay for BAME and non-BAME colleagues at St Andrew’s, identifying the ones in the middle and assessing the difference.

Our median pay gap of -2.8% means that our BAME employees receive a higher hourly rate of pay in comparison to our non-BAME colleagues. This is a fantastic achievement, and one that we should be very proud of, especially when we compare ourselves to the national average median gap of 3.8%.

These results show that we're performing very well in comparison with the national average and other organisations.

We recognise that within some ethnic groups there are pay gap variations. This data is being used to inform all of our inclusion initiatives, for example:

  • A successful BAME Network designed to provide peer support and networking for people of all ethnicities;
  • The promotion of key events throughout the year, such as Black History Month;
  • Cross organisation mentoring and coaching programmes supporting the development of a pipeline of future BAME leaders;
  • A reverse mentoring programme pairing BAME network members with leaders from the Charity Executive Committee;

Martin Kersey our Executive HR Director commented:

"We're extremely pleased that our ethnicity pay gap figure is significantly lower than the national average. We know that diversity is one of our greatest strengths, contributing positively to our success and, most importantly, to the care we provide for the people in our care. On behalf of myself and the CEC, a huge thanks to everyone for helping us to embed equality at St Andrew’s."