The Law Society Group (the Group) today published its gender pay gap report for 2018. The report details the combined results of the Law Society of England and Wales and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which are one legal entity but operate independently.
The 2018 Group median pay gap is 9%, which is substantially lower than the current UK median pay gap of 17.9% (Office of National Statistics). The mean Group pay gap between males and females is 12.7%.
A Law Society Group spokesperson said: “The main reason for the Group gender pay gap is the continued imbalance of male and female colleagues in the most senior executive roles in the Group.
“Around 60% of the Law Society Group workforce is female including many middle managers in the upper quartile. Yet fewer women are in senior executive roles. This disparity at very senior levels also explains the median bonus gap of 13.9% between males and females.
“There is more work to be done to shift the imbalance of females from the lower quartiles to the upper and top quartiles. The Law Society and SRA have targeted action plans at an organisational level to address this challenge and the Group is committed to reducing the gender pay gap.”
Notes to editors
Within the Law Society Group there are two organisations which are one legal entity but operate independently: the Law Society of England and Wales, the professional body for solicitors, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales.
The Law Society Group report is based on hourly rates of pay during the monthly pay period ending on 25 April 2018, bonuses paid in the year up to 5 April 2018 and includes full and part time workers.
The 2017 Gender Pay Gap Report was revised and republished in February 2019, because the initial report as published in 2018 did not factor in salary sacrifice deductions. Both reports now include salary sacrifice deductions.
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