This Trust does not have a history gender pay gap issues and there have been no “class action” style equal pay claims here.
One main example of why this has not happened concerns how this Trust handled the relatively common situation of housekeeping staff and porters. Although our housekeeping staff are outsourced as is fairly common practice in the NHS today, they are paid the same rates that they would be if they worked directly for the NHS. This has been the case since the service level agreement with our contractor (ISS) was put first put in place. As such there has been no gender pay gap between housekeepers, who are largely outsourced and majority female, and porters who are largely directly employed and majority male.
Within the professional spheres at this Trust we appoint the best people to the job irrespective of gender (or anything else) and therefore we have very senior female doctors, just as we also have very senior male nurses. We appoint to all grades in nursing and in the allied health professions, so the potential for people in those (majority female) professions to achieve high earnings is as good as it is for our (majority male) doctors.
Policies and procedures nevertheless do exist to allow individual staff members to bring equal pay claims to the consideration of HR. From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 no such claims have been brought.
First published 31 January 2012
Reviewed and republished 25 January 2013