Agenda and draft minutes

Personnel Board - Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Virtually

Contact: Madeleine Shopland  Democratic & Electoral Services Specialist

Media

Items
No. Item

35.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was submitted from Councillor Pauline Helliar Symons.

36.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 186 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 9 February 2021.

 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 9 February 2021 were confirmed as a correct record and will be signed by the Chairman at the next available opportunity.

37.

Declaration of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

38.

Public Question Time

To answer any public questions

 

A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for members of the public to ask questions submitted under notice.

 

The Council welcomes questions from members of the public about the work of this committee.

 

Subject to meeting certain timescales, questions can relate to general issues concerned with the work of the Committee or an item which is on the Agenda for this meeting.  For full details of the procedure for submitting questions please contact the Democratic Services Section on the numbers given below or go to www.wokingham.gov.uk/publicquestions

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

39.

Member Question Time

To answer any member questions

Minutes:

There were no Member questions.

40.

Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap Report pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To receive the Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap Report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap Report.

 

During the discussion of this item the following points were made:

 

·       In response to a question from Councillor Ferris, the Lead Specialist HR assured Members that there was a job evaluation system in place, so people who did the same work, irrespective or whether they had any protected characteristics or not, received equal pay. 

·       Councillor Ferris expressed surprise that there was a small widening of the gap between salaries for males and females.  He was advised that the report looked at the type of roles that people were undertaking and took the mean and median of the pay across the workforce population.  Proportionally there was more women in the lower pay rages than men, primarily because a lot of part time opportunities were offered.  Many of the Council’s part time workers were female.  The majority of part time opportunities were at lower grade.  A piece of work would be undertaken to look at reducing the Gender Pay Gap further.  It would be taken to the Equalities Steering Group in May before being presented to the Personnel Board.

·       Some roles typically attracted particular genders.  For example, administration typically attracted women and many of the lower paid roles were in this area.  All of the lower paid roles which would typically men such as street works and waste collection, had been contracted out, and as such were not included in the figures.

·       Councillor Weeks asked for information on the percentage of female staff who worked full time and the percentage of female staff who worked part time, and the same information for male staff.  The Lead Specialist HR agreed to provide this.

·       Members were advised that for the first time the Ethnicity Pay Gap had been included.  This was not legislatively required but was a requirement of the Race Charter.   The mean ethnicity pay gap was 5.96%. The pay gap that existed did so due to there being a lack of Ethnic Minority colleagues in senior roles.  The Council’s recruitment equality data would be looked at to determine whether the Council was receiving applications for vacant roles from ethnic minorities.  This would inform any necessary action moving forwards.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Gender and Ethnicity Pay Report be noted prior its publication on 31 March 2021.