Our new figures revealed today, show that our median female pay on 5 April 2021 – the snapshot day when we collate the results – was close to being equal for women and men (with women earning £1.01p for every £1 that males earn) and a narrowing of the gap vs. 2020.
Our mean gender pay gap for 2021 was 3.7 per cent in favour of men, compared to a national average of 15.4 per cent an improvement compared to 2020.
It’s important to note for context that 2021 was a unique year and on the day of reporting we were still in the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic with 73 per cent of our colleagues on furlough.
Ethnicity pay gap
As part of our ongoing commitment to equality we also choose to report on our ethnicity pay gap. In 2021, our median pay gap stood at 9.6 per cent in favour of colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds, compared to 11.3 per cent the previous year.
However, we recognise this number is influenced by the relatively small number of BHF colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds and that figures differ across Black, Asian and mixed-race colleagues.
In this latest data our mean ethnicity pay gap was 7.6 per cent in favour of colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds, reduced from 14 per cent in 2020.
Speaking on the publication of our report, our Chief Executive, Dr Charmaine Griffiths said: “Improving inclusion and diversity begins with holding ourselves to account and this data helps us do just that.
“We are committed to paying all people fairly and this annual analysis shines a light on where we have made headway and areas needing focus.
“This report is an important building block in our plans to create a more equal, diverse, and inclusive team and as we strive to make the most impact for people with heart and circulatory diseases.
“As an organisation, we know we always have work to do. I hope this report helps capture our shared drive to create a fair and fulfilling workplace for everyone in our BHF family.”
More to be done
This spring we will be launching our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy, setting out our ambitions and commitments to hold ourselves accountable at every step of the way.
The steps we are taking, which are overseen by our Chief Executive and our EDI Steering Group, will help chart our journey to a fairer world for our colleagues, our research community, and people affected by heart and circulatory diseases.