Along with all other employers with 250 or more employees, Birketts LLP is required to analyse and report on our gender pay gap; usually on an annual basis. The unprecedented global pandemic meant that the requirement to report in 2020 was suspended, which is why you may note that these figures are missing.
The gender pay gap measures the difference between average earnings for men and women, but is not a comparison of pay rates for men and women who carry out the same role.
We are pleased with the progress that has already been made in narrowing our gender pay gap and we intend to build upon this. Our diversity programme is still ongoing and we have already rolled out a number of projects to support this; including an overhaul of our parental leave benefits to offer enhancements to paid maternity, adoption and paternity leave and significant investment into coaching and development initiatives to support our future female leaders.
Additionally, we have expanded our agile working policy and now offer an informal hybrid home/ office working model, which is providing a great deal of our employees with greater flexibility to be able to balance their home and work lives.
Inevitably, the figures on their own can be deceptive. 76% of our employees are female and like many law firms, we have a large secretarial cohort. This secretarial community account almost a fifth of employees and also happens to be made up entirely of women, which inevitably skews our figures.
We are proud to offer a staff profit share scheme to all employees with the relevant length of service, allowing our employees to be rewarded for the firm’s overall success. The bonus is paid as a percentage of basic salary which impacts our bonus gap, as does the fact that 96% of our part time workers are female, so their bonus has been pro-rated.
Our female Partnership cohort continues to expand, now making up 37% of the Partnership (as of October 2021), with the number of female partners doubling since April 2020.
Despite the above, and while our most recent results are encouraging, we know that we still have more work to do. We are committed to taking further steps to narrow this gap and ensure that every member of the Birketts family has the same opportunities to develop and achieve their full potential.