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King’s Group Academies Gender Pay Gap Report

In March 2020 King’s Group Academies employed 330 women and 45 men. 80% of the highest-paid staff were women, but in spite of this we found that on average women’s mean and median hourly rates were lower than men’s.

On the snapshot date:

The women’s hourly rate was 28% below men’s (mean) and 58% below (median).

The make-up of pay quartiles was:





Top quartile





Upper middle quartile




Lower middle quartile




Lower quartile





There were no bonuses paid to men or to women.

We are committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer, and we investigated these results to identify any examples of inequality.


All our staff are paid according to published scales, with job descriptions matched to points on the scales. Staff are subject to performance management reviews which ensure that progression up the scales is a result of achieving transparent targets. Therefore, we can be confident that men and women in similar roles are paid according to the same criteria – a fact borne out by examination of individual salaries.


It became apparent that the lower average hourly rates for women were due to a disproportionate number of the lower-paid posts in the organisation being filled by women. Again, we critically examined the make-up of these posts to ensure that there was no inequality in recruitment. Our conclusion was that, like most educational establishments, we are able to offer part-time, termtime-only and flexible roles which are particularly attractive to women with school-age children. These roles tend to be lower paid because of their content – not because of their part-time nature. We have found no bias in our recruitment, and we do have men employed in roles in the lower quartile, but the majority of applicants for these family-friendly posts are women.


It is also worth noting that teachers’ and support staff hourly rates are calculated differently. A full-time teacher is considered to work 1265 hours per year, while a member of support staff on a full-time contract is paid for 1924 hours. These are statistics in common use in schools, and our gender pay statistics are based on these fractions. It is apparent, however, that teachers’ hourly rates are inflated over support staff by this different formula, and since we have, as previously mentioned, a higher proportion of women in support staff roles the figures are affected accordingly.


King’s Group Academies will continue to offer the same advancement prospects to men and to women. Recognising that part-time and flexible roles are attractive to those caring for young families, we will look at vacancies throughout the organisation, including the senior positions, to take every opportunity to make roles available to the carers of young children. While we remain confident that our gender pay gap is due to social factors unconnected with our recruitment or pay practices, we will accommodate those social factors wherever possible.