No glass ceil­ing claim at KCC

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

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.”

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