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Plymouth Active championed for equal pay

Lifeguards Ruth and Amber in front of the Life Centre diving pool
Lifeguards Ruth and Amber

Plymouth Active has been highlighted as the second-best sports sector employer in the country for ensuring equal pay.

Organisations of a certain size need to publish a gender pay gap report every year and Lead5050, a company that specialises in helping businesses to improve their gender parity, has compared over 10,000 nationally.

Its Equity Index lists Plymouth Active, which is owned by the Council, as the number two ‘Workplace Equity Champion’ in the sector.

Employers are given a score out of 100 – based on their mean, median and bonus pay gaps and gender representation across the pay scales – and Plymouth Active scored 93, just one point behind the top.

It is committed to equal opportunities and paying employees equally for the same, or equivalent, work regardless of gender. It also works hard to attract and retain a diverse workforce, which in turn helps to improve gender equality in sport generally.

Fewer than a third of girls aspire to reach the top in sport, compared to half of boys and there's a 22 per cent gender gap in team sports. Plymouth Active is committed to providing a wide and meaningful range of leisure, health and wellbeing related activities for all its local communities.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member with responsibility for sport, leisure and human resources, said: “This rating reflects Plymouth Active’s aspirations to not only ensure fair and equal pay for its employees but also provide a diverse and inclusive workplace that offers support, training and development opportunities for all.”

Rhys Jones, Chief Operating Officer for Plymouth Active said: “Plymouth Active Leisure are very proud to have been recognised for our gender equality report this year. Our people are incredibly important to us and we put them at the heart of everything we do. This recognition is really pleasing as it shows that we are moving forwards in our attempts to make our workplace as good as it can be for our team.”

You can read Plymouth Active’s gender pay gap report here.