April 2021 – March 2022 Published April 2023
Throughout the Countrywide Care Homes Group we are committed to offering high quality residential care, nursing homes and support services to older and vulnerable people in our communities. We could not achieve this without the dedication and hard work of our colleagues and team members. In light of this, we strive to provide a positive working environment wherein gender equality is encouraged and supported.
This statement has been published in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, pursuant to which Countrywide Care Homes Limited is required to publish a report on the gender pay gap within the organisation. The gender pay gap report indicates the difference in average hourly earnings for men and women. The calculations are based on employer payroll data from a specific date each year, being 5 April 2022.
Gender Pay and Bonus Gap
When comparing the average hourly rate of pay, there is a small difference in the mean and median average pay of our male and female employees.
The proportion of male employees and female employees receiving a bonus is almost the same, at 39.5% and 33.4% respectively.
During the reporting period, 128 employees received a bonus as opposed to the smaller number of employees (12) who received a bonus last year. This is because a larger number of one off discretionary bonuses were payable this year. Of the employees who received a bonus, 17 were male and 111 were female. Accordingly, the value of the bonus payments received by female employees varied across the 111 members of staff and a larger number of job roles (some of which attract higher levels of bonuses) whereas the male bonus pay was determined by only 11 members of staff. We are also proud that the median bonus gap between females and male employees is 0%. The opportunity to earn a performance related bonus is consistent across all roles, regardless of whether the role is held by a male or female employee.
The proportion of male and female employees across all quartiles of our workforce is evenly split with:
This statement explains why there is a gender pay gap within our organisation and what we are doing to reduce this gap.
Why we have a gender pay gap
Our workforce consists of 88.5% women and 11.5% men. This has changed little from the previous year however we have achieved an equal distribution of male and female employees across the lower and lower middle quartile and have increased the proportion of men in the upper quartile by 5.7% to 15.7%. Notwithstanding this, we are committed to increasing the number of men employed by the organisation and ensuring we have an appropriate mix of genders on roles of all types and at all levels.
Our pay structure is banded according to role only, not gender, meaning that pay differentiation only occurs as a result of an employee's position. Similarly, bonus pay is determined by position and performance, not by gender. All remuneration rates within the Group are competitive and in line with market practices. Accordingly, we are satisfied that our existing pay structure and/or rewards policy are compliant with the Equality Act. We do, however, acknowledge the desire to recruit more men into care giving roles, to provide the opportunity for internal progression for all employees and to increase the number of men holding management level roles within the organisation.
How we intend to continue to address the gender pay gap
In order to address the inherent imbalance within our sector we have implemented/intend to implement the following policies:
- Recruitment –
- We are committed to recruiting based solely on merit and not gender. Consequently, we continually review the way in which we describe/advertise our job vacancies and source our candidates; ensuring that all vacancies are presented in a gender neutral way.
- We encourage internal progression and support those candidates through industry relevant qualifications and seeking internal promotion opportunities.
- Programmes and workshops –
- We want to ensure that all those in care giving and middle management positions are aware of the opportunities available to them and are able to develop the skills required to attain leadership positions.
- We are committed to educating our managers and leaders about gender imbalances and unconscious bias.
- Remuneration –
- We continue to monitor the remuneration rates offered by the organisation to ensure that pay is banded solely according to role and not gender.
We anticipate that Countrywide Care Homes Limited's continued commitment to this cause will be reflected in the gradual reduction of our gender pay and bonus gap over the coming years.
Our gender pay gap figures have been calculated in line with the gender pay gap reporting legislation. I confirm that these figures have been verified and are accurate.
Chief People Officer
3rd April 2023