Council Tackles Gender and Pay Inequalities

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Council Tackles Gender and Pay Inequalities

Friday 3rd March, 2017


At a full Council meeting last night (Thursday 2nd March), elected members approved progress reports detailing achievements made by Stirling Council over the last four years to successfully integrate equality measures across its activities as both a service provider and employer.

Stirling Council believes every citizen and employee has the right to fair and equal treatment, and is committed to promoting fairness, dignity, respect and equality of opportunity in all aspects of life. Its Equality Strategy (2013-17) was developed to help the Council meet its statutory obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

The reports from this strategy detail how Stirling Council continues to increase the extent to which equality is integrated across its activities and functions, and details several key achievements over the last four year period.

Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: “In 2016, Stirling Council received Living Wage accreditation from the Poverty Alliance, and in November 2016, introduced a minimum hourly rate of £8.50 - above the Living Wage Foundation’s hourly rate of £8.45. As a result of this there has been a marked reduction in the overall gender pay gap from 1.79% in 2013 to 0.68% in 2017, which equates to roughly 10p per hour and effectively eliminates gender bias in our pay systems. In addition to this, the Council now has a gender-balanced senior management team.”

The authority has also introduced a general management graduate scheme, expanded intern opportunities and provided work experience placements within the organisation for young people who are under the Council’s care.

Stirling Council has also seen an increase in declared Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) employees, from 0.8% of the total workforce in 2013 to 1.4% in 2017. The number of disabled employees within the organisation has also increased from 1.9% to 2.6% in the same time frame, and employees with disability related absences now receive additional support at the earliest stage.

To read the full report, click http://minutes.stirling.gov.uk/PDFs/Scouncil/Agendas/CouncilAgenda.pdf#page=163

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