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Close the Gap: Gender pay gap pledge for RIBA Chartered Practices

04 April 2019

From 6 April 2017, the UK government has required all legal entities that employ 250 or more people to publish a Gender Pay Gap Report on an annual basis.

All employers with 250 or more employees must calculate and publish the following data, together with a commentary on progress made since the previous year’s report:

  • mean gender pay gap
  • median gender pay gap
  • mean bonus gender pay gap
  • median bonus gender pay gap
  • proportion of men in the organisation receiving a bonus payment
  • proportion of women in the organisation receiving a bonus payment
  • proportion of men and women in each quartile pay band

This information must be recorded publicly, i.e. via a company website, and must also be reported in conjunction with the gender pay gap service.

Organisations with fewer than 250 employees can also choose to voluntarily publish a Gender Pay Gap Report.

The RIBA is keen to encourage practices below the 250 employee threshold to voluntarily report so as to help address the Gender Pay Gap across the profession.

“I encourage all practices, including those under the official threshold of 250-employees, to be transparent about their challenges, to sign the pledge and put in place actions to #CloseTheGap where it exists,” said Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President.

To support practices below the 250-employee threshold, the RIBA has developed best practice guidance for Chartered Practices of all sizes. This guidance includes measures and initiatives that can be implemented to help improve access, progression and retention in your business.

You can download your copy here.

The Close The Gap Pledge

The RIBA is committed to making the profession more diverse and inclusive. Closing the gender pay gap is an important part of that work.

By signing up to the Close the Gap Pledge, practices demonstrate their commitment to improving gender diversity, broadening access to the profession and ensuring that career prospects and progression are independent of gender, race, background or any aspect of an individual’s identity.

Show your commitment to stamping out inequality and closing the gender pay gap today by signing the CloseTheGap pledge below.

By signing up to this pledge practices are committing to:

  • Operate fair, equal and unbiased recruitment and promotion procedures
  • Support flexible working patterns and a healthy work-life balance
  • Introduce greater transparency in pay and reward processes
  • Ensure equal opportunities for career progression
  • Promote equal opportunities to represent the profession at industry events
  • Appoint a Diversity Champion or Taskforce
  • Take targeted evidence-based action and monitor and evaluate progress
  • Share knowledge, information and best practice with the RIBA

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