On 31 March 2017, the Government introduced legislation that made it statutory for all organisations, with 250 or more employees, to report annually on their gender pay gap.

Government departments are covered by the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 which came into force on 31 March 2017. These regulations underpin the Public Sector Equality Duty and require organisations to publish their gender pay gap data annually, including mean and median gender pay gaps, the mean and median gender bonus gaps, the proportion of men and women who received bonuses, and the proportions of male and female employees in each pay quartile. 

The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women in a workforce and is different to equal pay. Equal pay deals with the pay differences between men and women who carry out the same or similar jobs or work of equal value. It is unlawful to pay people unequally because they are a man or a woman.

We recognise that not all employees identify with a binary gender but currently staff record systems require them to be categorised as such and this report is reflective of that situation and not the organisation's view on non-binary gender.

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