Gender Pay Gap Commentary, April 2020
The Gender Pay Gap Report is a measure of the difference in pay between the average hourly earnings of male and female staff.
The mean average gender pay gap at Benenden School is 12.8% lower for women. The median average is 22.8% lower for women. The gap has reduced by 27% for the mean (from 17.4%) and 38% for the median (from 36.6%) since 2017.
Benenden School is committed to equal opportunity for all staff, including through fair pay. All staff are paid equally for comparable work throughout the School, but the greater proportion of women in lower paid roles creates the gender pay gap. Our policy is to recruit the best candidate regardless of gender or any other protected characteristic.
Teaching staff are remunerated on an incremental pay scale which rewards them for their professional performance and their level of experience.
Support staff pay is determined via a process of job evaluation which is benchmarked against market rates to ensure that pay correctly reflects the value and complexity of their role.
The Gender Pay Gap
A negative % indicates a higher rate of pay for women.
Benenden School employs 70% female and 30% male staff, the pay gap reflects the composition of staff and their roles across the school.
In Quartiles 2 and 4 female staff are paid at a higher rate than male staff.
In the Senior Management Team female staff are paid 51.4% higher mean and 17% higher median, and Middle Management female staff are paid 8.8% higher mean and 12.2% higher median, owing to the nature of their roles and the responsibility they hold.
The lower quartile is dominated by part time, term time and flexible working roles which appeal to those with family caring responsibilities outside of the workplace. In general women are more likely to have caring responsibilities, and this influences our employment and therefore our statistics. Benenden School is committed to supporting staff in achieving a work / life balance which works for them and the School.
Eleven bonuses were paid, 6 to female and 5 to male staff, with a 90.7% mean and 42.4% median higher bonus payment for male staff. This is largely because one male member of staff receives a bonus payment as part of his salary.
In contrast with some other schools, all our Catering and Housekeeping staff are employed by Benenden School. Elsewhere such staff, who are at the lower end of the spectrum, and peripatetic staff are contracted through an external provider or self-employed. We believe in all staff being given the same employment rights and benefits.
How we address the pay gap
The Teachers pay scale recognises quality rather than quantity of work and the support staff pay structure recognises the role, both regardless of who holds the role.
Benenden School is committed to continuously reviewing, through the appraisal system and pay structures, opportunities for all staff to progress in their career regardless of gender or any protected characteristic. Additional training opportunities for all staff, both general and specific, have been put in place and are being continuously reviewed to enhance this.
Recruitment processes are competency based. Managers receive training on choosing the right candidate, including training on unconscious bias.
James MM Graham