Figures published this week show that the gender pay gap at The Challenge is below the national average.

The Challenge published its gender pay gap statement on Wednesday (April 4), which shows a snapshot of data, as of April 5, 2017 (as per legal requirements) and it shows that the gender pay gap is 8.4 per cent - well below the national average of 18.4%.

This is based on the median measure, which is the level of pay that separates the top half of earners from the lower half, and is seen as more typically representative of a workforce’s pay. The mean (average) pay gap was 12.4% - also below the national average of 17.4%.

Currently, the upper quartile of workers in the organisation consists of 60% women and 40% men, which is more aligned with the total workforce distribution of 62% women and 38% men.

Oliver Lee, CEO of The Challenge, said: “Having a diverse and inclusive workforce is vitally important to us and gender equality is a key part of this. Therefore we welcome the insights that have been provided by the gender pay gap reporting regulations.

“The nature of the work we do attracts a high number of female employees. Sixty-four per cent of our workforce is female and women are well represented across all levels of the organisation. Our current mean gender pay gap is 12.4%, primarily driven by our employee profile where a higher than average number of men are employed in technical and systems roles, which are generally higher paid.

“We take the issues of diversity and gender extremely seriously and I look forward to working with our employees as we continue to strive towards an ever more inclusive organisation.”

The gender pay gap in The Challenge is significantly lower than many similar organisations. For example, according to the BBC, the gender pay gap is higher at the NSPCC, where women earn on average 9.2% less than the average man, and at The National Trust, where the gap is 14.4%.

You can read more about what we are doing to narrow the age gap by reading the report.