Leicester City Council to hold annual pay policy meeting

by Molly Kerridge

Leicester City Council are planning to hold a meeting tomorrow (MAR19) to discuss and approve it’s Pay Policy Statement for this financial year.

It is necessary for the council and all other local authorities to publish details of the Gender Pay Gap Report for public scrutiny, transparency and fairness, under the Localism Act 2011.

In previous reports from 2018, the City Council has made improvements regarding the gender pay gap between it’s staff.

In the 2018 report, it was revealed that Leicester City Council (LCC) was one of only three out of 40 local authorities with 5000-19,999 employees to have a zero median pay gap between men and women.

As well as this, the mean pay gap for LCC was the closest to zero out of the 40 authorities in the 5000-19,999 employee tier.

Since 2017, women’s median hourly wage has increased by 3.1% to be equal to the median hourly pay of men in 2018.

In the 2019 report, it was revealed that the median gender pay gap had remained at zero, with the median hourly wage for men and women working in the council being equal.

However, the 2019 report also revealed that the mean pay gap was at 0.1%, meaning that men were paid a slightly higher mean hourly rate (£14.57) than women (£14.55), but that figure has moved closer to equal.

In the 2018 Gender Pay Policy, City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “It is encouraging that this latest statement continues to reflect our commitment to fair pay and we’re proud to be one of just a few employers to have achieved complete parity in the average pay of our male and female staff.

“This annual statement helps ensure that our pay policy at Leicester City Council is open and transparent and this is vital during a period of long-term and severe cuts that have put council budgets under increasing pressure.”

The meeting that is planned for tomorrow will aim to discuss the approval of the Council’s Pay Policy for the 2020/21 financial year.

The meeting will be broadcast online, but all councillors will be in attendance at 5pm at the Leicester City Town Hall.

For more information, you can see the meeting agenda here, or contact Matthew Reeves at 0116 4546352 (376352), or matthew.reeves@leicester.gov.uk.

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