Women lead way in pay stakes

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FE­MALE staff at Rochdale Bor­ough­wide Hous­ing earn on av­er­age of eight per cent more than their male work­mates, it has been re­vealed.

The hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion re­leased the fig­ures to mark In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, which took place on Thurs­day.

RBH’s gen­der pay gap is in sharp con­trast to na­tional av­er­age, which sees men earn­ing nine per cent more than women.

Women also fill many of the top spots at RBH.

Three out of four roles on the ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team are oc­cu­pied by women, and six of the eight heads of ser­vice are also fe­male, as is the new chair of the RBH board.

RBH HR man­ager Viv Ren­shaw said: “We’ve al­ready had great suc­cess in re­cruit­ing and sup­port­ing women to take up ap­pren­tice­ships in our re­pairs ser­vice, and we now have our first fully qual­i­fied fe­male gas ser­vic­ing en­gi­neer.

“We want to build on this, and we have linked with Pro­cure Plus and Up­turn to in­crease the num­ber of women in this area.

“We are work­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties to raise the pro­file of RBH ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, help­ing to sup­port, guide and en­cour­age women who might never con­sider a ca­reer in a craft trade. There is an ac­tion plan to look at ways to at­tract a more equal spread of men and women across our other posts that are more tra­di­tion­ally oc­cu­pied by one sex – in­clud­ing en­cour­ag­ing men to take up posts in teams that have been his­tor­i­cally largely fe­male-ori­en­tated.”

UK com­pa­nies with more than 249 em­ploy­ees are re­quired to pub- lish their gen­der pay gaps by April 5.

The RBH fig­ures in this ar­ti­cle are based on em­ployee pay as at April 5, last year.

Fe­male mem­bers of Rochdale Bor­ough­wide Hous­ing’s se­nior lead­er­ship team

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