Branch Secretary :

Homes England gender pay gap 18.4%


Unsurprising but unacceptable


Unite reps at ‘Homes England’ said that the gender pay gap of 18.4% is unacceptable.  The new government agency, which replaced the ‘Homes and Communities Agency’ in January, published its first gender pay gap report today.


The gender pay gap of 18.4%, based on a comparison of female and male hourly pay across the agency irrespective of grade, compares with 10.6% in the civil services but is close to the national average including the private sector.


Strike action over inequalities in pay offers


Unite has a long history of campaigning on pay within the agency, having twice successfully taken strike action to address inequalities in the pay offer.  Unite reps noted that a previous call for an independent job evaluation scheme has unfortunately fallen on deaf ears so welcomed the new CEO,  Nick Walkley’s public pledge to equalise pay between men and women.


Unite reps in the social housing sector are keen to work to improve equalities performance of organisations and will continue to press management on these issues.


Unite is currently in a formal dispute over pay at Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing and is about to enter conciliation talks at ACAS. They will engage constructively with the Executive in the hope of avoiding a damaging dispute and focus instead on developing fair pay across the organisation at a crucial time for the delivery and regulation of housing.


8 March 2018


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