Gender pay gap

We’re voluntarily sharing our gender pay gap data in our efforts to be a fair, inclusive and transparent organisation.

What is the gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap shows the difference in pay between male and female employees in an organisation. It is defined as the difference between men and women’s hourly earnings expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings. 

This is different from equal pay legislation which was introduced in the 1970’s and requires people to be paid the same for doing the same or similar roles regardless of their gender.

Why are we publishing our data?

Under legislation introduced in April 2017, employers in the UK with more than 250 employees are required to publish their gender pay details annually.

Although we employ less than 250 staff, we have decided to voluntarily analyse and publish our gender pay gap data. We strive to be a fair, inclusive and transparent organisation and gender equality is a key component of this aspiration, although we are aware it cannot be the only part. We also strive to promote diversity in all its forms and recognise there is more we can do in this area.

The requirement of this new legislation is to publish data in key areas so all organisations are measured in the same way. We have reflected this as much as possible in our analysis, including looking at our bonus pay.

What is our gender pay gap at the National Housing Federation?

In April 2018, the median gender pay difference at the National Housing Federation was 14.6% despite the fact that 69% of staff are female.

This gender pay difference is due to having proportionately fewer women in our upper quartile, or too few men in our lower, lower middle and upper middle quartiles. To give this context, the average difference in pay between men and women in the UK is around 17.9%.

What is the difference between the mean and the median?

The median is the middle number, if all people line up and the mid-point is selected. The mean is the average, if all the data is added together and then divided by the number of people in the dataset.

We’ve decided to lead with our median pay gap figure because this is the most commonly used when talking about the gender pay gap. However, no single metric will capture the full picture of what is happening at an organisation, so it is important to look at both.

  Gender pay gap Gender bonus gap
Median 14.6% 0%
Mean 16.8% 19.1%

What is our gender bonus gap?

At the National Housing Federation, the majority of our bonus payments are accounted for by the ‘commercial bonus’ which is paid equally to every individual member of staff. Part time staff, those who joined part way through the year, and those with absences of more than four weeks, receive a pro rata amount. This is reflected in the fact that our median gender bonus gap is 0%.

Proportion of staff who receive a bonus payment:

Male 76.7% Female 55.8%

Last year a large proportion of new staff were female. Because these new members of staff joined throughout the year they were not eligible to receive the full commercial bonus. This is the main reason why the mean gender bonus gap is 19.1% and why a higher percentage of men received a bonus.

A small number of other bonuses are paid to staff that have demonstrated exceptional performance. This has not had a significant impact on the gender bonus gap.

Proportion of employees in each pay quartile

Part of the reporting process requires organisations to divide employees into four equal quarters. For the National Housing Federation this means there are around 29 staff per quartile.

This is represented in the table below. The gender split is similar to our overall split of male and female colleagues, except in the upper quartile where there are slightly more men compared to women.

  Lower quartile Lower middle quartile Upper middle quartile Upper quartile
Female 64.3% 72.4% 65.5% 48.3%
Male 35.7% 27.6% 34.5% 51.7%

What time period does this data cover?

It’s important to note that all of this analysis is based on a snapshot of staff pay in April 2018. We decided to look at data from April 2018 as this is in line with what is requested of organisations with more than 250 staff.

There have been several significant staff changes since then (such as an increase in senior female staff), which we know will positively impact the results and reduce the pay gap.

We will publish our gender pay gap analysis for 2019 and will capture any potential decrease in the pay gap in that report.

We have based the bonus calculations on payments made between April 2017 and April 2018.

What are we planning?

We know that any pay gap isn’t good enough. There’s more that we can do at the National Housing Federation to reduce the gap until it no longer exists.

We will continue to publish our gender pay gap data annually, but we also know that analysing the numbers can only be part of our solution for achieving gender equality within the organisation. We are a small organisation and it only takes a relatively small number of changes to affect the results significantly from year to year.

We have a number of ongoing initiatives, including:

  • Maternity allowance and support – we are proud to offer a generous occupational maternity pay and shared parental pay scheme.
  • Flexible working – we are promoting flexible working and have invested in our systems to make remote working much easier.
  • Establishment of a diversity and inclusion group – this recently formed group is developing solutions to improve diversity and equality at the Federation.
  • Employee forum – responding to feedback that not all staff felt they had the opportunity to engage with the organisation in the way that Union members did, we established an employee forum, known as the Great Workplace Group.
  • Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse – we recently signed up to this initiative, a network of 200 employers who aim to raise the profile of domestic abuse and take action to prevent abuse and support staff. Since committing to the initiative, we have written and introduced a new policy, ‘domestic abuse – support for staff’, to help create a culture where staff feel able to disclose abuse in the knowledge that we will respond sympathetically and effectively.
  • Diversity statement – we reviewed, modernised and updated our diversity statement to clarify our ambitions to create a diverse and inclusive culture and workforce.