Gender Pay Gap Report

Welcome to the Scottish SPCA’s Gender Pay Gap Report which has also been published on the Government’s Website.

In the run up to the government’s publication deadline, 4 April 2018, you may have heard or read in the media about this key government initiative. Every organisation with 250 or more employees has to publish and report on its’ gender pay gap. More information is available at

Download our report here. 

We support this important legislation and welcome the transparency which gender pay gap information will bring as it shines a light on key workforces issues.

The gender pay gap is the difference in average pay between the men and women in the workforce. The mean gender pay gap is the difference between the mean hourly rate of pay of male full-pay relevant employees and that of female full-pay relevant employees. The Society’s mean gender pay gap is 25.7%.

The median gender pay gap is the difference between the median hourly rate of pay of male full-pay relevant employees and that of female full-pay relevant employees. The Society’s median pay gap is 20%.

There are a few reasons for this:

  • The gap is as a direct result of our gender representation – our workforce is predominantly female with women making up 78.5% of our staff.
  • 176 employees are employed in the 2 lower pay quartiles. Of that figure, 89% are women.
  • There are a higher proportion of women in every quartile including the upper quartile. This illustrates that the overall pay gap is a result of the low proportion of men in more junior roles.
  • There are a greater proportion of men in the upper pay quartile compared with lower pay quartiles.
  • There are a greater proportion of women in the lower pay quartiles compared with the upper pay quartiles.

The national mean average gender pay gap is 18.1% - that means that women’s mean average hourly pay rate is 18.1% lower than men’s mean average hourly pay rate. The Scottish Parliament commissioned research which made the following observations about why there is a gender pay gap in Scotland where the gender pay gap is 15.6%.

 Gender pay gap

Our report provides key data and explains some of our organisational factors which have an impact on the Society’s gender pay gap figures. Gender pay is different to equal pay, which means men and women must be paid the same for equal or similar work. We are confident that we pay our female and male colleagues equally for carrying out the same or similar work.

Our figures show that, unlike the national trend, women are well represented in management and leadership roles within the Society with women making up nearly 60% of senior posts. We already encourage access to management and leadership development with women representing 70% of delegates on our 2018 leadership programme.

However, we remain dedicated to equality and are currently identifying steps that will help address the gap and ensure that all our employees, regardless of gender and other factors have access to the same opportunities.

If you have any questions on the Gender Pay Gap Report, please contact us at

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