Calderdale Council continues to reduce its gender pay gap, with latest figures showing that the Council has the narrowest pay gap of all local authorities in West Yorkshire.
All local authorities must report their gender pay gap by 30 March 2019 as part of the Public Sector Equality Duty. Calderdale Council has reported an average difference of 2.9% – well below the national average of 18.1%.
In line with other local authorities, women make up the majority of the workforce at Calderdale Council; currently just over 65% of employees are female.
One of the main reasons that there may be a gender pay gap in some organisations is because traditionally more men are likely to hold senior positions. However, women make up over 60% of workers in the upper pay bands at the Council.
Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive, Robin Tuddenham, said:
“We’re committed to continuing to narrow our gender pay gap and I’m pleased that as a Council we continue to perform well above the national average.
“I’m also proud to say we have the narrowest average gender pay gap of all the councils in West Yorkshire and we continue to make strides to reduce our own figure.
“However we aren’t complacent and we are determined to continue to make progress towards a zero gender pay gap; recruiting and retaining the most talented employees and enabling them to reach their full potential.
“Nurturing talent is a key theme of our Vision 2024 for the borough, and we recognise the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce to deliver the best for Calderdale.”
All Calderdale Council staff are playing an important role in developing and achieving the Vision2024 for Calderdale to be a place where people can reach their potential, where talent and enterprise can thrive, where people care for each other and are able to recover from setbacks; a place that stands out as a great destination to visit and where people can live a larger life.
The year 2024 marks Calderdale’s 50th birthday. Where do we want to be by 2024? What’s our ambition and what will be different? Get involved with the debate on Twitter with #VisionCdale2024 and find out more at www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/vision-2024