At Comic Relief, we have a proud history of tackling gender inequality in the UK and across the world. We passionately believe in our vision to create a just world for everyone and that starts here by ensuring that genders are treated equally within our own organisation.
Comic Relief’s mean gender pay gap is 10.27% and its median gender pay gap is 9.55%. The UK national averages are 17.4% and 18.4% respectively. We are pleased to be below the national average, but recognise that there is more for us to do and we are committed to continuing to work to reduce this gap (with an aim for there to be no gap).
We are a 72% female organisation and women are well represented across our entire structure at every level. We have a high representation of women in our senior leadership team, including our CEO.
Our gender pay gap arises from two key factors. First, we are not attracting men into our most junior roles; only 21% of our lower quartile roles are occupied by men. Second, we have more men than women working in technical roles, especially IT, which attract higher rates of pay than other roles at similar levels of seniority.
We have paid a lot of attention to getting women into our organisation in areas where it’s difficult to attract women. For example we have a technology team that is 40% female (far surpassing the national average of 24%) but we are learning that this doesn’t of itself lead to a reduced pay gap.
The steps we are taking to address this and ensure we lead by example include but are not limited to:
- Continuing with our women in technology programme to attract more females into this area of work
- Reviewing our recruitment practices to understand why we fail to attract men into our more junior roles
- Using gender data and evidence to inform our priorities for action
This is Comic Relief’s report for the snapshot date of 5 April 2017.
- The mean gender pay gap for Comic Relief is 10.27%.
- The median gender pay gap for Comic Relief is 9.55%.
Pay quartiles by gender:
Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them at or below the lower quartile
Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them above the lower quartile but at or below the median
Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them above the median but at or below the upper quartile
Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them above the upper quartile
We do not pay bonuses.