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Reducing Gender Pay Gaps

Category: Gender Pay Gap, Gender Focus, Gender Equality, Regulation, gender diversity, sport, Sports, Women in Sport, The FA, The Football Association, Gender Balance

Gender Focus.

The good news is that we’re heading in the right direction. We now have the smallest gender pay gap of any of the major sports national governing bodies.

Our second successive year of closing the gap has seen our mean¹ hourly gender pay gap reduce by 5.2% to 18% (it was 23.2%). We have also closed our median² hourly gender pay gap by 1.3% to 10.8% (it was 12.1%).

However, our mean bonus pay gap has increased by 18.8%. This requires a closer look – and in fact the men’s mean bonus in 2018 was 35.2% higher than women.

However, there’s some context – the median gap was 9.1%. This reveals that the bonuses paid to our small number of very senior male employees are having a significant impact on the figure across the organisation.

In addition, in the same period as these male employees were paid bonuses, a small number of senior female employees who had previously earned bonuses left The FA. Although they have been replaced by other senior women, not all the new employees were eligible for a bonus due to their start dates.

Nevertheless, bonus gaps will continue to be challenging for us. The fact is our highest-profile coaching roles are held by men. The more tournament success we enjoy – such as the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2019 – the bigger the bonus gaps.

"The FA has made some great strides to reduce the gender pay gap and as the largest sporting governing body in England, I am proud that The FA currently has the smallest gender pay gap of all sporting governing bodies. Progress will continue."

- Nuala Walsh: Member, The FA Inclusion Advisory Board

A range of other work has taken place under this priority, all underpinning the commitments in the original strategy. Here are some of the highlights:

"The FA has invested in me to develop as a future leader and I am very proud of the efforts it has made to address diversity and inclusion within the organisation to develop diverse talent for the future."

- Esmond Blake:  'For The Future' Leadership Programme

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