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Equal Pay: Government Departments

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion and Social Action), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Photo of Lord Carter of Barnes Lord Carter of Barnes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting), Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting), Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting) (also the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

The departments' pay gaps in relation to gender are detailed in table 27 of the 2008 Civil Service Statistics which has been published on the internet and can be found using the following link at www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/CivilService_tables_2008.xls.

The table below shows the pay gaps identified at May 2009 in relation to staff who have declared a disability to those who have not.

Number of Staff (FTE) Median FTE Base Pay
Band Declared Disabled Not Declared* All Staff % Declared Declared Disabled Not Declared* All Staff Gap
Band A 38.2 276.3 314.5 12% £21,285 £20,224 £20,496 -5.25%
Band B 81.5 895.3 976.9 8% £26,343 £27,070 £27,070 2.69%
Band C 58.8 950.2 1,009.0 6% £47,346 £45,797 £46,082 -3.38%
SCS 11.0 143.0 154.0 7% £83,030 £74,650 £74,650 11.23%

* Staff in BERR are able to choose not to declare their disability. These figures include staff who have not declared their disability or are not disabled.

The table below shows the pay gaps identified at May 2009 in relation to the ethnicity of staff.

Number of Staff (FTE) Median FTE Base Pay
Band White Other Ethnicity Not Declared* All Staff % other** White Other Ethnicity Not Declared* All Staff Gap**
Band A 155.7 69.2 89.5 314.5 44% £18,369 £21,285 £21,285 £20,496 15.87%
Band B 449.9 200.1 326.9 976.9 44% £27,070 £27,023 £27,352 £27,070 0.17%
Band C 628.8 91.4 288.7 1,009.0 15% £47,346 £44,186 £44,353 £46,082 6.67%
SCS 128.0 6.0 21.0 155.0 5% £75,047 £76,033 £73,900 £74,650 -1.31%

* Staff in BERR are able to choose not to declare their ethnicity thus these figures include staff who have either not completed the declaration or have preferred not to say what their ethnicity is. Around 30 per cent of staff have not declared their ethnicity.

** These figures compare staff who have declared their ethnicity as white with those who have declared themselves as being from any other ethnic background.

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