The Ford & Slater 2018 Gender Pay Gap Annual Report 26th February 2019
The table above shows our overall mean and median gender pay gap based on hourly rates of pay as at the snapshot date (i.e. 5th April 2018). It also captures the mean and median difference between bonuses paid to men and women at Ford & Slater in the year ended 5th April 2018 (mainly in relation to the 2017 financial year).
The gender pay gap – calculated on the mean and median measures – had increased as at the snapshot date (5th April 2018) in comparison with the prior year when the differences equalled 22.9% and 21.1%, respectively.
The data shown above highlights that 34% of male employees received a bonus payment during the year ended 5th April 2018 – a similar level to the prior year (33%).
In relation to female employees, 17% received a bonus payment during the year ended 5th April 2018; this did represent an increase in comparison with the prior year (14%).
The above pay structure is mainly a function of the following key factors:
- The company operates in the male-dominated transport sector;
- Efficiency bonuses are available to certain HGV technicians if they complete their work task in a shorter time period than normally allowed by the truck manufacturer; and
- The majority of management positions that include membership of the company annual bonus scheme are occupied by male employees with engineering expertise obtained from working as an HGV Technician or relevant parts background.
The company believes that men and women are paid equal amounts for doing equivalent jobs across our business.
The above charts illustrate the gender distribution at Ford & Slater across four equally sized quartiles, each containing approx. 106 employees. The key points to note are as follows:
- In the lowest quartile male employees are being paid at average hourly rates that are over 15% lower than female employees. This quartile includes many school leavers that join the company as apprentice HGV technicians – the company makes a very significant investment in their apprenticeship training (in terms of direct cost, study leave and supervision) in addition to the hourly pay rates
- Within the second and third quartiles the gender pay gap for 2017 was within 5 per cent;
- In the highest quartile (quartile 4) there remain only a small proportion of women in the most senior company positions; in particular all the company directors were male.
At the outset, the company is committed to building a diverse and committed workplace that gives equal opportunities to all employees, irrespective of their gender.
The HGV repair sector is unsurprisingly male-dominated and, as at the calculation date, the workforce gender breakdown was 86% male employees with only 14% of the workforce comprising female staff members.
A significant proportion of the gender pay gap arises because (a) the majority of senior management positions are occupied by male employees with an engineering background gained from their prior experience as an HGV Technician or relevant HGV parts background; and (b) revenue-generating roles fixing trucks tend to be occupied by male staff members that work anti-social shift patterns – these skills remain desirable, attract higher rates of pay and salary inflation occupying the third pay quartile.
The company is considering the development of an action plan to reduce the gender pay gap in the workplace, but would comment it remains very difficult to attract females into our industry
I confirm that the data reported is accurate.
Joint Managing Director
26th February 2019