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SSE has become the first FTSE 100 company to publish its 2017 gender pay gap – with the statistics showing a slight rise in the gap in the last two years.
This is the second year in a row that SSE has published these figures, having voluntarily reported its gender pay gap statistics last year before it became mandatory.
The government’s Equality Act 2010 decrees all UK businesses with more than 250 employees will need to publish their gender pay gap statistics as at 5 April 2017 within one year, and then on an annual basis after that.
SSE’s median gender pay gap of 19.3% in 2016/17 is slightly higher than its gap in 2015/16 of 18.7%. SSE says it is acting on the data, but that genuine long-term transformation will require “meaningful societal changes as well as improvements at organisational-level”.
Last year when SSE reported its gender diversity strategy, which it has been evaluating, it focused on three elements: encouraging women in, supporting women to stay on and helping women to progress up. It did this using a number of different strategies ranging from its sponsorship of women’s sports to piloting “returnships”.