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Duncan Lewis Solicitors Announces Gender Pay-Gap Reporting for 2020 and 2021 (22 July 2021)

Date: 22/07/2021
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Duncan Lewis Solicitors Announces Gender Pay-Gap Reporting for 2020 and 2021

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has published its annual gender pay-gap reporting for both 2020 and 2021.

The gender pay-gap legislation introduced in April 2017 requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay-gap for employees, which are in scope on an annual basis. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) extended the submission deadline for all 2020 reports to October 2021.

The reporting of gender pay revealed the following limitations: a lack of comparison in relation to comparable job roles/title(s), furthermore, the calculations fail to take into account intangible aspects which affect salary such as qualifications, employment experience and personal skills.

In the Company’s 2021 gender pay-gap reporting, using a snapshot of 5 April 2021, there was a noted decrease in male to female mean gender pay-gap to 0% (from a 4% gap in April 2020 and 11% gap in 2019 respectively), which means that women earn an equal hourly average to men. However, the median pay-gap calculation demonstrates that male employees were paid 7% more when compared to female employees; lower than the 11% pay-gap previously reported in 2019.

Although the company’s median pay-gap is currently at 7% this is inclusive of the company’s full workforce (both full-time and part-time employees) and it continues to be lower than the UK average. In accordance with the current Office for National Statistic, the nationwide average gap among all employees is approximately 15.5%.

With the top quartile being 25% of the highest paid employees and the lower quartile the 25% of the lowest paid employees, the quartiles below represent the percentage comparison of male and female employees for Duncan Lewis:

The 2020 and 2021 report found:

  • Top salary quartile: 32% men and 68% women (2020: 29%, 71%)

  • Upper middle salary quartile: 22% men and 78% women (2020: 20%, 80%)

  • Lower middle salary quartile: 32% men and 68% women (2020: 32%, 68%)

  • Lower salary quartile: 15% men and 85% women (2020: 8%, 92%)

Jason Bruce, Duncan Lewis’ Practice Director states ‘Although we are very pleased to report that the Company’s mean gender pay-gap was 0% as of 5 April 2021, we note that the median gender pay gap, although still lower than our 2019 figures and the UK-wide gender pay gap average for all employees, remains at 7%. Duncan Lewis is committed to the fair treatment and pay of all its employees regardless of gender and is committed to narrowing the median pay-gap across all quartiles even further.’

Click here to see a copy of the 2020 - 2021 report (5 April 2020)

Click here to see a copy of the 2021 - 2022 report (5 April 2021)

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