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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Equal Pay

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to close the gender pay gap in his Department.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The DCMS mean and median gender pay gaps have reduced since 2018. The mean gender pay gap is 5.6%, down from 7.5% and the median gender pay is 16.6%, down from 22.9%. We have introduced actions recommended by the Government Equalities Office to support further reductions including:

  1. Improving the diversity of our talent pools through analysing gendered language in our job descriptions and adverts to ensure no-one is deterred by masculine or feminine framing.

  2. Improving the transparency of pay, reward and promotion processes to empower individuals to manage their careers and achieve goals.

  3. Promoting the uptake of Shared Parental Leave, using our Senior Civil Servants as rode models and our Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors as champions.

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