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In accordance with The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 Connect has published its gender pay gap.  The figures are based on 5th April 2017 payroll figures.

The results of this report have been reviewed by the Directors and have been viewed as a true representation of the employment figures within Connect.

Connect Catering work in a sector that is historically female dominated.  This is reflected in the Connect employment figures, with a female bias in its employment balance of 60% female and 40% male. Connect employees who work less than 30 hours per week are 73% female.

What are the underlying causes of Connect’s gender pay gap?

The lower and lower middle quartiles of our staff are predominately female, which influences the mean and medium findings.  When the quartiles are individually calculated using the mean methodologies, there is little or no gender pay gap, however in the upper quartile the gender pay gap is female dominant.

The reasons for the predominance of women in the lower and lower middle quartile we believe is societal.  Female staff often find work to fit with their other home responsibilities.  Much of Connect’s working hours cover the lunch period and often during term time only.  As the cultural norms evolve and change, we would expect a more even split in the lower middle and lower quartiles.

Under the law men and women must receive equal pay for the same or similar work and we are confident this happens at Connect.

What is Connect doing about the gender pay gap

There are no quick or easy ways to close the gender pay gap, and any changes may take several years to show any impact. Under our ISO 9001 we have a policy of reviewing and improving all our systems and policies every year.

We, Kate Bendall and Louise Laver, Joint Managing Directors, confirm that the information in this statement is accurate.