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Libraries Unlimited Gender Pay Gap as at 5th April 2017

Posted on 04 Apr 2018

As of April 2018, all organisations that employ more than 250 staff are legally required to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 and publish Gender Pay Gap (GPG) reporting information for its workforce on an annual basis using data collected on 5th April 2017.

All organisations must analyse their mean and median gender pay gap to differentiate between the average earnings of men and women. The data is a snapshot of the difference between the average hourly pay levels of all women compared to all men who were employees of Libraries Unlimited on 5th April 2017, expressed as a percentage of men’s average pay.  The pay quartiles below also show the gender distribution across Libraries Unlimited in four equally sized hourly pay segments.

The gender pay gap is different from equal pay, which is concerned with ensuring that men and women are paid the same for carrying out the same work, or work of equal value.

As of 5th April 2017 Libraries Unlimited had a total of 436 roles, made up of 377 women and 59 men. With a greater percentage of women throughout all four pay quartiles, the median gender pay gap was 9.3%, and the mean gender pay gap was 13%.

As a charity and a public sector mutual, we are committed to equality and diversity at all levels of our organisation, and the gender pay gap is something we will seek to address as a priority, alongside our colleagues and peers from the library sector across the UK.

Our gender pay gap is largely a result of our 86% female workforce, which we know from our colleagues is a trend across the library sector generally. With more women at all levels of the organisation, but significantly fewer men in the lower and bottom quartile, the pay gap data is accentuated.

However, we recognise that the disproportionate number of men across all levels is a significant challenge that we need to address. We pride ourselves on being a fair, transparent and flexible employer, providing equal opportunities for all of our staff. We will look to focus on improving our diversity by getting a better understanding of what attracts people to work in libraries and how we can use this understanding to appeal to a more diverse workforce.

Libraries Unlimited Gender Pay Gap Data 

QuartileMenWomenTotal QuartileMenWomenTotal
Top2287109 Top20%80%100%
Upper Middle1891109 Upper Middle17%83%100%
Lower Middle1198109 Lower Middle10%90%100%
Bottom8101109 Bottom7%93%100%
Total59377436 Total14%86%100%


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…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.