Female staff missing out

Regarding the gender pay gap at Sussex Coast College.

In reply to the statement against this report from a college spokesperson:

1. The pay points as recommended since 2014 by the AoC suggests that lecturers begin at £23,952 and end at £36,162. In comparison to SCCH’s which begin at £21,202 and end at £33,559. This is exacerbated by only one per cent pay rise in six years.

2. The data is based on salary spine points, part-time staff are paid pro-rota on that scale. Therefore being part-time will not effect the data as it is based on their position on the scale. If differentiation is happening between PT and FT workers, then an equality issue will be of major concern.

3. Fifty-four per cent of all female staff are below the suggested starting point of the AoC, 44 per cent within the scale, while only two per cent above it. With 90 per cent below a maximum of £28,571. This is in comparison with 46 per cent of male staff below the AoC’s starting point, 46 per cent within the scale, while eight per cent above. Also 78 per cent of all male staff below a maximum of £28,571.

4. At the time of the survey two of the top nine earners were female. These top nine earners earned, based on pay point, not actual take home, as much the bottom 40 people. That has now decreased to one member of staff at a senior management level.

5. Of the non-elected posts on the governing body only two are female, of the 11 non-elected posts (18 per cent).

If more female staff are part time because of external responsibilities, it is evident from this data that female staff do not have access to the higher pay points, or responsibilities within the college.

The current restructure of management posts is an opportunity to address this issue via positive action.

Justin Wynne

UCU Branch and Membership Secretary

Sussex Coast College

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