RNLI releases latest gender pay gap figures

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has today – Thursday 12 March 2020 – released its gender pay gap figures, in line with national regulations.

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Sue Barnes, RNLI People Director

The gender pay gap at the RNLI is -3.0%, based on an average hourly rate (the mean average) for men and women employed by the charity in Great Britain.

This means, on average, women at the RNLI are paid 3.0% more than men. This equates to 52 pence more per hour.

The gender pay gap does not show differences in pay for comparable roles at specific grades. Instead, it is used as a broad measure of earnings across a whole organisation. The UK’s average gender pay gap is 17.3%, as reported by the Office for National Statistics for 2019.

Sue Barnes, People Director at the RNLI, said: ‘At the RNLI, we value the many benefits diversity brings to our organisation and we are committed to demonstrating equality for all our employees.

‘We actively promote awareness on inclusion and diversity for our staff and volunteers to enhance their awareness and make practical changes to help create an inclusive and supportive environment at the RNLI.

‘We have a formal process of grading jobs at the RNLI to ensure rigorous decisions are made on job grades and rates of pay. Gender pay gap data is reviewed by our Remuneration Committee and actions to address gender pay gaps form part of our annual pay review cycle.’

Any organisation in Great Britain that has 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap. The deadline for businesses and charities to publish their figures is 4 April each year.

The RNLI’s full report can be viewed here: RNLI.org/GenderPayGap

As required by the national regulations, the RNLI’s report provides:

· The mean and median gender pay gap figures

· The mean and median gender pay gaps for bonuses

· The proportion of men and women who received a bonus

· The proportion of men and women in each pay quartile

On 5 April 2019, the RNLI had 2,162 employees based in Great Britain, with 66% being male and 34% female. The RNLI’s executive team currently consists of seven members of staff – four men and three women.

The regulations require the gender pay gap figures to be published for Great Britain only. When staff from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland are included, the RNLI’s mean gender pay gap figure is -3.7%.

The RNLI’s 2018 gender pay gap was -3.1% and its 2017 figure was 0.7%. The change in our pay gap in 2019 and 2018 compared to 2017 is largely due to the differing employed population, as our seasonal lifeguards were employed and on service on the reporting date of 5 April 2018 and 2019, but they weren’t on 5 April 2017 due to Easter falling later that year.

Notes to editors

· More details and national gender pay gap figures can be found on the Office for National Statistics here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/genderpaygapintheuk/2019

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For more information, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI National Media Manager, on 01202 336497/ [email protected]. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected].

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