The NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) support the fair treatment and reward of all staff, irrespective of gender.
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 requires all organisations employing 250 or more people to report annually on their gender pay gap.
These regulations underpin the Public Sector Equality Duty, and require bodies like CCGs to publish their gender pay gap data by 30th March 2018, and thereafter annually.
This includes the mean (average) and median (middle) gender pay gaps, the mean and median gender bonus gaps, the proportion of men and women who received bonuses and the proportions of male and female employees in each pay grouping.
The gender pay gap shows the difference in average pay between all men and women in a workforce.
It should not be confused with the issue of equal pay, which deals with the pay difference between men and women who carry out the same or similar jobs. It is illegal to pay different amounts to men and women doing work of equal value.
The gender pay gap is the difference between the mean or median hourly rate of pay that male and female colleagues receive.
As of 31 March, 2017, NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups gender pay gap was 45.4%.
Amanda Lyes, Chief Corporate Services Officer for both CCGs, said: “On the face of it our gender pay gap looks quite high.
“However, in calculating our figures we have to take into account the pay of the 19 GPs who sit on our two governing bodies, 18 of whom are men.
“If the GPs’ pay was taken out of the equation our gender pay gap would be 20.96%, which would be much more in line with our partner organisations in the public sector.
“The data highlights the need for us to look at how we can attract more female GPs to become governing body members.
“It is worth noting that six of the eight chief officers in the senior management team of the two CCGs are women.”
You can view the CCGs’ full gender pay gap report here