Gender Pay Gap Commentary, April 2019
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 13.3% lower for women and the median average is 22.6% lower for women. This is an improvement by 23% on the mean and 39% on the median reported for 2017.
Benenden School is committed to equal pay and opportunities, all staff are paid equally for like work, regardless of gender, throughout the School and recruitment is for 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
Benenden School employs 71.5% female staff and 28.5% male staff. The pay gap reflects the composition of staff and their roles across the School.
In all but the Lower Quartile females are paid at a mean higher rate than males.
For the Senior Management Team, females are paid 46.09% higher mean and 18.87% higher median, and for Middle Management roles females are paid 13.31% higher mean and 30.7% higher median, owing to the nature of their roles and the responsibilities 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. Generally, within society as a whole, women are more likely to have caring responsibilities, and this influences our statistics. Benenden School is committed to supporting staff in achieving a work / life balance which works for them and the School.
Three bonuses were paid: two to female and one to male staff, showing a 795% higher bonus payment for women.
All staff are employed by Benenden School whereas in some schools, catering, housekeeping 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.
Benenden School is committed to continuously reviewing, through the appraisal system, opportunities for all staff to progress in their career regardless of gender or any protected characteristic.
Director of Finance and Operations