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Gender Pay Gap Report

Gender pay vs equal pay

A gender pay gap shows the difference in average pay across all of the men and women in an organisation, industry or country as a whole. It can be driven by the differing number of men and women across all roles. It is not the same as an equal pay comparison which looks at how much men and women are paid for carrying out the same role.

How we calculated our numbers

Under the UK Government’s new Gender Pay Gap regulation, companies need to report their gender pay gap for all legal entities in Great Britain with more than 250 employees. RSS Global, a portfolio of brands, including Blue Arrow, specialising in staffing and workforce solutions in the UK, Ireland and Asia Pacific has provided reports for its 2 legal entities in the UK that fulfil these criteria. We have included the combined gender pay data for all our employees in the UK, including those in legal entities with less than 250 employees. As required, we have provided data on all of our permanent and temporary employees. Given we are a staffing business, we have a very high number of temporary employees on our payrolls at any one time working in roles for our customers. This number fluctuates depending on requirements from our clients, and typically the rate of pay that our temporary workers receive is decided by our clients.

Pay quartiles explained

A pay quartile is calculated by listing the hourly pay rates for everyone in the business then dividing them in to four equal sized groups. We then work out the percentage of men and women in each group.

Median & mean pay gaps explained

To help bring this to life, imagine all the women at Blue Arrow standing in one line, from lowest paid by hour to highest, and all the men doing the same in another line. The median gender pay gap is the percentage difference in hourly pay between the woman in the middle of the line and the man in the middle of the line. Hourly pay includes leave and any shift premiums, but not overtime.

The mean gender pay gap is the percentage difference in the average pay of men and women. This is calculated by adding up all the hourly pay rates for all the women in a business and dividing it by the number of women, then doing the same for the men and comparing the difference. The mean can be affected by different numbers of men and women in different roles. Therefore, we also report the number of men and women in different pay quartiles.

We also report the median and mean differences in bonus pay over a twelve-month period, and the percentage of men and women who received a bonus. A positive percentage shows a gap in favour of men; a negative percentage shows a gap in favour of women.

Gender Pay Gap Infographic