Independent review of equal pay at QM published
In summer 2011, Hay Group consultancy reviewed QM’s main salary grading system, and found that there are no significant differences between genders or ethnicities in average basic pay for staff on the grade 1-7 system, and their clinical equivalents.
The grading system, developed as part of a national project to harmonise pay, was implemented at QM in 2009, as part of QM’s commitment to ensure that “all members of the QM community are confident that the realisation of personal potential is in no way restructured by race, religion, gender or sexual orientation” (Strategic Plan, enabling aim 1), as well as our legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
The system aims to provide a transparent and consistent reward structure by ensuring that every role is graded by the type and level of skill required.
The audit has highlighted a small number of areas for further work and made recommendations for further investigation, which QMSE have asked HR to take forward. These include:
• Improving the management and reporting of variable pay elements, in order to ensure equal access between groups;
• Investigating whether recruitment and career progression opportunities are being fully utilised by black or minority ethnic staff; and
• Bringing the length of some of the grades on the single pay spine in-line with national standards by making them shorter, with less overlap between grades.
• A summary of the report, recommendations and next steps are available here.