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Suspending gender pay gap report is wrong, says leading Countrywide agency

John D Wood says it disagrees with government over its decision to once again delay re-introduction of gender pay gap reporting.

Nigel Lewis

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Progressive agency John D Wood & Co is backing calls for the reinstatement of gender pay gap reporting, which has been delayed for a second year.

To mark yesterday’s International Women’s Day, it’s highlighting the vital tool for equality – especially when it comes to women’s rights – which was suspended last year due to Covid and has recently been deferred for another six months until 5th October.

All employers with 250 or more staff have to submit details to the government about staff pay each year on April 5th.

John D Wood says that although women in estate agency earn 8.2% less than men, despite holding 61% of the jobs, it sees equality as a fundamental and believes financial reward and opportunities should reflect this.

The agent has set salary brackets for all roles, ensuring women and men are paid equally and fairly on their ability to do the job and it encourages female staff to challenge biased behaviours to make sure they are given equal opportunities at work such as flexible working after maternity leave.

pay gap gender foresArea director Holly Stenton-Fores (left) says that she’s proud to work for a brand that actively embraces a culture of fairness and inclusion.

“This is represented through the proportion of women employed by John D Wood & Co, a significant number of whom hold senior positions within the company, actively challenging the preconceived notion that women cannot be successful in both business and within the home,” she says.

Equality is a team effort, adds director Tanya Hasking (main pic, top). “Your status, position or gender don’t define your responsibility to make a positive impact and the more that people engage in making this their responsibility, the more we normalise the celebration of women and the greater the equality that we achieve,” says Hasking.

The most recent gender pay gap from parent company Countrywide for last year shows that women earn 77p for every £1 that men earn when comparing median hourly wages. Their median hourly wage is 23.3% lower than male colleagues.

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March 10, 2021

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