We have now published our Gender pay gap report for 2018. The Legal Ombudsman’s staff count at the time of reporting was under the 250 threshold, however we have published our findings on a voluntary basis as we believe it is important to be transparent in this area.
The report highlights that on average, as at 5 April 2018, male staff were paid 16% more than female staff. This is an increase on the 2017 reported figure of 10%. Analysis of the data has shown that this is due to their being a significantly higher proportion of male Pool Ombudsman at the reporting date. Subsequent recruitment and turnover has changed the profile of this group and we expect this to have a positive effect on our 2019 report.
There is 0% median pay gap as the majority of staff are paid at the same rate.
We believe that other initiatives such as changes in our management structure, flexible working and a focus on career pathways will have a positive impact on the mean gender pay gap for the 2019 report.