Swim England gender pay gap report published

Swim England has released statistics that show a gender pay gap that is below the national average.

The information also reveals female workers were paid almost nine per cent more than male workers when looking at the mid point values.

The statistics have been released in line with new government requirements. The information, which is being published for the first time this year, shows that in April 2017 there was a gender pay gap of 11 per cent, compared with the national average of 18 per cent.

Swim England, which has staff based in Loughborough and in regional areas across the country, had a gender split of 56 per cent females workers and 44 per cent males workers during this period. Of those earning the highest, there was an equal split between female and male workers.

Working hard to remove the gender pay gap

CEO Jane Nickerson, who has been leading Swim England since August 2016, said: “Our focus is to ensure everyone feels inspired and confident to swim, and this is the same within our workforce.

“Over the last few years we have been working hard to remove the gender pay gap, and will continue to do so until there is no difference between what people earn in comparable roles.

“Sports governance has traditionally been male orientated but this is definitely changing. I am proud to lead Swim England, and to have helped develop our inclusive flexible working policies and staff development programmes.

“However, we do need to ensure that this leadership is replicated throughout the sector. We still have a disproportionate number of swimming teachers who are female and coaches who are male. We need to work together to ensure those that are inspiring our youngsters to swim and to compete are representative of all those in the water and are paid accordingly.”

Equal pay across comparable roles for casual and contracted workers has been a focus for Swim England for the past few years. Since 2015 the organisation has also adopted a more flexible culture which has lead to an increase in flexible working requests.

As holders of the Equality Standard for Sport, all of Swim England’s employment policies not only refer to gender, but all of the protected characteristics.

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