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26 March 2024

Zero gender pay gap at Yorkshire Housing

Gender gap pay? Not here at Yorkshire Housing!

For the third year running, our latest gender and ethnicity pay gap data shows we have a zero gender pay gap. Maintaining our zero gender pay gap is no mean feat - only 1% of companies globally are meeting this target!

What does this mean? Well, at Yorkshire Housing not only is there no difference between the hourly rates of pay for women and men but, with more women in senior roles, women's average hourly rate is slightly higher than men's overall.

This shows the importance we place on having the best people at YH, regardless of gender and background, and our drive to create a more inclusive environment without any barriers for success. Equal pay for men and women is only one narrow measure of diversity and inclusion. That’s why we voluntarily report on our ethnicity pay gap.

Our commitment to being an inclusive organisation means we’re continuing to progress our plans, making some significant improvements to our data collection this year so we have a more accurate view of our workforce and can adapt our plans to address these gaps.

We’re also focusing on how we can keep improving our ethnicity pay gap by recruiting and developing talented people into management, specialist and senior leadership positions. By working closely with our colleagues, our partners across the region and our local communities we’ll continue to close the gap and create a truly inclusive Yorkshire Housing.

When it comes to the ethnicity pay gap, we’ve seen a decrease of 5.16% from last year. This means we’ve started to close the gap of average hourly rates of pay for ethnically diverse colleagues and white colleagues.

Making a difference

Our aim is to have and maintain zero pay gap across gender, ethnicity, and all other diversity demographics. We’re taking a long-term approach to building and sustaining a culture of inclusion and fairness, so that we’re laying the foundations for the future rather than focusing on a handful of initiatives.

Sarah Hutchinson, head of people, said: “We’re able to attract people from all walks of life, with different experiences, voices, and perspectives, to work at Yorkshire Housing because we are a genuinely inclusive and welcoming place to work. Our agile way of working allows people to choose where and how to work, widening our pool of potential colleagues.

“This means we get closer to representing the most important people in the room – our 40,000 or so customers. We’re working with our peers across Yorkshire and the Humber region to find ways to address how to effectively attract and develop ethnically diverse leaders.”

What’s next?

We’ve focused our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy on clear objectives on which we’re actively working on across our organisation. Colleagues, and people considering a career with Yorkshire Housing, have confidence that discrimination in any form, whether that relates to a protected characteristic or any other difference, is not tolerated within our organisation.

We’re also focusing on how we can keep improving our Ethnicity Pay Gap by recruiting and developing talented people into management, specialist and senior leadership positions and we’ll fund further places for colleagues from disadvantaged groups to be mentored and developed.

We’ve committed to working closely with Embrace, our ethnically diverse colleague network, to remove barriers and ensure we’re getting it right. We’ll continue to find new ways to attract ethnically diverse candidates to apply for our roles and we’ll do more to attract diverse candidates into our apprenticeships and graduate programmes through community partnerships.

Find our most recent report on gender and ethnicity pay here