Yorkshire Housing reports on gender and ethnicity pay gaps

Housing association Yorkshire Housing has revealed that it has a median ethnicity pay gap of 0% and a mean ethnicity pay gap of 4%, in its first ever report of this kind.

The business, which has 700 employees working across Yorkshire, has published its ethnicity pay gap for the first time as part of its plan to continue to make progress towards becoming an inclusive employer.

According to the association, its inclusivity plans have resulted in a positive difference in terms of diversity in its board membership, as 20% of board members are now ethnically diverse and 60% are women.

In addition, the business’ annual gender pay gap report, which it has been publishing for five years, highlighted that it has maintained a positive mean gender pay gap of 1.6%. It has also cut its median gender pay gap from 0.9% to 0%, with both males and females receiving the same hourly rate.

Nina Evison, director of people and culture at Yorkshire Housing, explained that the business was committed to building a fair and inclusive workplace, and it was sharing this data to set a benchmark against which it can hold itself to account and track progress towards being an inclusive employer.

“We don’t pay people differently based on their ethnicity or gender, the pay gaps exist because different groups are represented unequally. From a gender perspective, we’ve made big strides forward. On ethnicity, we need to do more to attract and develop ethnically diverse leaders, and we’re jointly working with our peers across the Yorkshire and Humber region to find new ways to address this,” she said.

“We’re really focused on improving our diversity and becoming a truly inclusive employer. We want to keep breaking down barriers to anyone having the career they choose, regardless of gender or any other characteristic. We’re making sure that everyone understands their role in this through our training and awareness programmes and by working with experts such as the Housing Diversity Network and Inclusive Employers,” Evison added.