Academy sector suffers from significant gender pay gap, figures reveal

The spotlight has been shone on academy school bosses after recent figures revealed that primary multi-academy trusts (MATs) have the largest gender pay gap.

In April 2017, all organisations with 250 or more employees were given one year to publish their gender pay gap statistics.

According to industry publication Schools Week, women’s pay is lower across all MATs which have so far published figures. The data cited also shows that around two in five trusts pay male staff at least 25 per cent more than their female counterparts.

However, academies said the results are skewed by the “structure of the workforce” as a large proportion of women in primary schools work in lower-paid jobs.

Under reporting rules, academies must publish their median and mean gender pay gap, as well as the proportion of men and women in each quartile of the pay structure. The figures must also include bonuses.

Last year, the former Education secretary, Justine Greening, said the scheme will help women “reach their full potential”.

“I am proud that the UK is championing gender equality and now those employers that are leading the way will clearly stand out with these requirements,” she said.

According to figures published in 2015, women teachers are paid £37,100 on average, as opposed to £39,900 for men.

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