This report sets out gender pay gap data from Diamond Light Source, for 2022 using a snapshot date of 5th April.
Diamond endeavours to provide a collaborative, inclusive environment in which employees can succeed. We recruit employees from around the world who possess a diverse range of skills and talents. In April 2022 we had over 40 different nationalities working for us with a workforce comprised of 607 men and 178 women.
We are committed as an employer to take action to close the gender pay gap at Diamond, in line with our vision and core values.
As of 5th April 2022, we had 607 men and 178 women employed at Diamond resulting in women making up just under 23% of our workforce. Our mean gender pay gap for 2022 for all employees is 9.1% (10.3% in 2021) which is a reduction of over 1%. Our median gender pay gap is 7.2% (5.7% in 2021). Our mean gender pay gap remains below the National Average for 2022 of 14.9%. [Source, ONS Data]
As in previous years, the main reason for our mean and median gender pay gaps continues to be the under-representation of women in senior science, technical and engineering roles. The latest government data shows that women make up less than a third of the UK’s STEM workforce [Source, WISE Campaign], a stark figure that is dependent of many factors rooted in our education system and society.
From independent Equal Pay Audits undertaken in 2021 and 2022 we are confident that there is no significant difference in pay between men and women in comparable roles. We also continue to ensure all jobs are evaluated using the Korn-Ferry Hay job evaluation system which is internationally recognised as a robust methodology for determining the weight of different roles.
The reduction of the mean gender pay gap is due to a variety of reasons. These include a director vacancy at the time the snapshot data was taken and several resignations from men in some senior roles. Other contributory factors include the number of promotions during the reporting period, in which 32% of employees promoted were women - an encouraging figure when compared to our current male/female ratio (77.3%/22.7%).
The mean bonus pay gap is 14.2% and the median bonus pay gap for 2022 is 16.7%. During the year 41.5% of men and 44.4% of women working at Diamond received a bonus. While a slightly higher proportion of women received a bonus the overall average value was slightly less in monetary terms.
It is positive to report that there have been some small increases in the percentages of women in the Upper Quartile (up to 14.3%) when comparing data to 2017 (at 11.3%) when reporting commenced.
During 2022 we continued to work on initiatives focused on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion with out existing workforce and through our recruitment processes. Actions included:
In 2023 and beyond we will be pursuing the following actions to ensure our ongoing commitment to closing the gender pay gap at Diamond.
Gender pay gap is the difference between the average rates of pay for men and women. It reflects broad trends in employment and salaries at an organisation, rather than comparing individuals.
It’s not the same as equal pay, which is the legal requirement to pay people the same rate for the same work.
All UK employers with more than 250 staff are legally required to publish gender pay gap data each year.
Reporting does not take all factors into account, and it is important to look beyond the headline figures. For example education, working arrangements, grade, and occupation group, are just some of the areas that are not measured within the reporting framework.
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