• NHS England and HEE report highest mean and median gender pay gaps
  • CQC reports the smallest pay gap among national bodies
  • HEE also reports difference in bonus pay

The gender pay gaps at the NHS arm’s length bodies have been revealed in new data published by the government.

The gap is the difference in the average hourly wage of all male and female employees. All employers in the UK with a workforce greater than 250 staff are required by the government to calculate and publish their gender pay gap. The deadline for reporting in 2018 was yesterday.

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Lisa Bayliss-Pratt said HEE is ‘committed to equal treatment for all of our staff’

Along with the mean and median gender pay gap, employers must publish the proportion of men and women receiving a bonus and the proportion of men and women in each pay quartile.

Health Education England had the largest pay gap with the median hourly rate for women more than 50 per cent lower than men. NHS England had the second largest pay gap. The Care Quality Commission reported the lowest gap at just over one per cent.

NHS England reported that as of March 2017, female employees’ mean hourly rate was 21.2 per cent lower than male employees’ and the median hourly rate was 21.5 per cent lower.

The national commissioner said it pays women and men equally for doing the same job.

A spokesman said: “While 51 per cent of the population of England are female, 55 per cent of our senior staff are women. Reducing our gender pay gap as defined by the government implies either increasing the proportion of men in lower pay grades or increasing beyond 55 per cent the proportion of women occupying the most senior roles.”

HEE reported the women’s mean hourly rate was 27.1 per cent lower than men’s and the median was 52.5 per cent lower. It also reported women’s mean bonus pay was 17.3 per cent lower than men’s and the median was 20.9 per cent lower.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, chief nurse and interim regional director for London and the South East, said HEE is “committed to consistency, fairness, transparency and equal treatment for all of our staff”.

She said: “This is the first time that we have produced a gender pay gap report for the organisation and further detail will be provided in the next publication.

“We are undertaking specific actions as set out in the gender gap report to ensure those issues are dealt with. For example, reviewing our recruitment policies and processes, supporting return to work following maternity leave, offering shared parental leave and flexible working.”

The Department of Health and Social Care reported that women’s mean hourly rate was 14.2 per cent lower than men’s and the median hourly rate was 13.3 per cent lower.

A DHSC spokeswoman said the department knows there is “more to do” in addressing the gender pay gap.

“We will continue to go even further with new actions such as encouraging more opportunities for flexible working,” she added.

NHS Improvement reported the mean hourly rate for a female employee was 15 per cent lower than that of a male employee and the median was 17.4 per cent lower.

A spokesman said it recognises its gender pay gap needs to be reduced and it is committed to continuing to improve the diversity of the leadership team.

“We are working on a number of initiatives aimed at addressing the gap, including our in-house leadership programme, which latest sign up figures show is being attended by increasing numbers of female employees,” he said.

The Care Quality Commission reported that women’s mean hourly rate was 1.2 per cent lower than men’s and the median hourly rate was 1 per cent higher – the only arm’s length body to report a higher rate for female employees.

CQC chief executive Sir David Behan said: “The data shows that there is no gender pay [gap] at the CQC as staff are paid within salary bands and the mean and median hourly rate of pay are virtually the same across all quartiles.

“This outcome is a real positive for people who work at the CQC and those who might be attracted to working for us. It demonstrates that we pay attention to ensuring fairness in how people who work for the CQC are rewarded.”

The regulator also reported that its employees are 69.1 per cent female and 30.9 per cent male, which is “closely replicated across the quartile data”.

However, the other arm’s length bodies all reported that most female employers are in the lower quartile and male employees in the highest paid quartile.