No glass ceiling claim at KCC
The leader of Kent County Council says there is “no glass ceiling” for female staff at the organisation, despite having only one woman in his top team.
Cllr Paul Carter, who spoke following the release of the council’s gender pay gap figures, hailed the authority’s equal pay policy.
Figures released by the council show the difference in salaries between men and women is below the national average of 18%.
On average, female employees at the local authority receive about 12% less pay than men.
Cllr Carter said: “KCC has an equal pay policy which means that men and women get paid the same salary for the same job.
“There is no glass ceiling at KCC and the number of female and male employees at corporate director level is 50/50.
“We employ by merit and nothing else, irrespective of whether they are ladies or gentlemen.”
Cllr Dr Lauren Sullivan, from the Labour Party, said: “It is difficult to take the leader of the council seriously on the glass ceiling when his own front bench consists of only one woman.”