Housebuilder recruits more women and narrows its gender pay gap

Stewart Milne Group has current developments in Liverpool, Wirral and Knowsley has pushed its gender pay gap from 18.1% down to 13.1%, according to its latest report

Stewart Milne Group
Housebuilder Stewart Milne Group has recruited more women into its organisation

 

Housebuilder Stewart Milne Group which works across Liverpool city region says it has narrowed its gender pay gap which is down to almost half the industry average.

The company, which has current developments in Liverpool, Wirral and Knowsley, says it has closed the gap by attracting and recruiting more women and providing them with clear, career progression opportunities.

All UK companies with more than 250 employees are required to publish a gender pay gap report by April 4.  Stewart Milne has submitted its report which shows a 4.8% improvement, from 18.1% down to 13.1%, almost half of the 23.6% industry average.

Equal pay

Its HR director, Karen Catto, said: “The gender pay gap, defined as the difference in the average pay and bonuses of all men and women across an organisation, can often be misconstrued as paying women less than men.

“This is certainly not the case at Stewart Milne Group where we offer equal pay for equal work. At the root of the so-called pay gap in our industry and many others, is the under-representation of women.

“Our gender pay gap has closed because of the strides we have made towards encouraging more women into the organisation, through several different routes and initiatives, and then making sure we provide them with clear progression routes into senior positions.”

Construction sector

The gender pay gap report is a requirement prompted by changes to the Equality Act, which came into force in April 2017. The first figures, published in 2018, showed that the construction sector had the worst average median gender pay gap.

Research from world-leading recruiter, Randstad shows, less than 20% of employees in the construction industry are female, while data from Young Women’s Trust highlights that for every female apprentice there are 56 males.

Stewart Milne has introduced a number of training programmes in an attempt to attract more people into a career in construction, regardless of their gender. Ms Catto added: “In the past, there has been a perception that site supervisors would be required to work on-site in a manual role before progressing to a managerial position.

“This can often deter people, particularly females, who have an interest in construction but do not feel that they are suited to a labour-intensive role.

“The introduction of both the Graduate Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment programme and a newly launched Fast Track Modern Apprenticeship provide alternative routes into senior roles at Stewart Milne.”

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