In a recent report published by Swim England, the organization revealed that despite efforts to diminish the gender pay gap, male workers are still paid 11% more than female workers across the board. Nationally, the gender pay gap in England rests at 18%, meaning men in the workplace are paid 18% more than their female counterparts, on average. Swim England had 468 workers included in the report.
Interestingly, however, Swim England also points out that the mid-point or median pay gap between male and female workers currently sits at -9%, as compared to a national average of +10%. In other words, the “50% female” makes 9% more than the “50% male” at Swim England, implying that female workers in the middle of the Swim England employment pay ranges make more than their male counterparts do.
Swim England’s CEO Jane Nickerson commented that “Sports governance has traditionally been male orientated but this is definitely changing. I am proud to lead Swim England, and to have helped develop our inclusive flexible working policies and staff development programmes.”
Swim England employs significantly more women than men in every quartile of pay. Women outnumber men 2-to-1 in the “Upper Middle” range, while the split is an even 50/50 in the Upper Quartile. Overall, the organization employs 56% women and 44% men.
The seemingly sudden reveal of gender pay gaps is not the work of a group of activist CEOs, but rather a response to a new British law that requires all companies employing more than 250 people to provide data about their gender pay gaps, as well as the proportion of male and female employees in different pay groups. These companies are also required to report on the gender bonus gap; however, according to Swim England, no bonuses were paid during the reporting period, meaning there is no published data for this often integral portion of an employee’s wages. According to The Guardian, the new legislation will require around 9,000 companies which collectively employ more than 15 million people to publicize their gender pay gaps.
A February 28th report by The Guardian charts nearly 1,300 British companies and their respective gender pay gaps. While more than 7,000 more companies are yet to report (as of February 28th), the trend on the graph shows that vastly more companies pay men more than women; however, there are companies that report women receiving higher wages than men. Meanwhile, more than 200 companies have reported a gender wage gap of between +1 and -1 percent, meaning that those on the positive spectrum pay male employees no more than 1% more than their female counterparts, whereas those on the negative end pay their female employees no more than 1% more than men also working at those companies.
Other than Nickerson, prominent female figures within Swim England include Melanie Marshall, coach of Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty at Loughborough National Swimming Center, as well as new Board of Directors members Alison Breadon, Caroline Green, Sarah Gregory, and Sue Smith, alongside the aforementioned Breadon.