Gender Equality Statement

Sense Scotland is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging equality and diversity in our workforce.  This approach is grounded in a fundamental commitment to human rights, and made explicit in an organisational policy, which includes an assurance of equality and fairness in respect of gender.

Sense Scotland does not discriminate on grounds of gender, and complies in full with the Equality Act 2010.  Our organisational values stress the importance of recognising individual worth, and make no distinction based on gender.

All Sense Scotland employees are remunerated according to set pay scales, regularly reviewed and agreed by employee representatives through our Partnership Forum and single union recognition agreement with Unite the Union.  This ensures all employees are paid the same rate for the job regardless of gender (or any other difference).  Men and women enjoy equal pay.

Our workforce is predominantly female (74%) and includes a large proportion of part time employees - those contracted to work fewer than 37 hours per week (60%).  These factors impact on comparative pay levels.  Women represent a majority of our employees at all levels up to and including our Leadership Team.

This year, 2017, Sense Scotland is publishing gender pay gap data one year ahead of the legal requirement from April 2018.  We are delighted to report that we have no median gender pay gap, and a very small mean gender pay gap of less than 3%.  This compares favourably with the figure for the UK as a whole, which the government gives as "over 18%".

Sense Scotland will strive to reduce and ultimately eliminate our mean gender pay gap, and will report progress annually in line with our legal obligations.