Slough Borough Council has published its annual Equality and Diversity report, which demonstrates its commitment towards diversity and inclusion for its workers.

One of the main highlights of the report shows that the gender pay gap at the council has been reduced from 12.5% in 2017 to 4.3%. Three quarters of the staff working part-time are female, with the council continuing to offer flexible working environments to those with caring responsibilities.

However, whilst the council employs more women than men, there is an under-representation of women in the most senior roles at the council, meaning men outnumber women in salary bands of more than £70,000.

The council’s workforce is still broadly representative of our town’s residents with 39% of the workforce being Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, with this group being consistently represented across most salary bands.

The council has maintained the Disability Confident Employer status and now offers more practical support through the recruitment process. Seven per cent of the council’s employees identify as disabled and the council continues to support staff with disabilities in the workplace through its Employees with Disabilities Forum and HR.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “'We are extremely proud that our already below average gender pay gap has reduced even further, and strive to promote equality and diversity for everyone. It’s great to see our workforce continues to be a reflection on the diversity of the town.”

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “I’m pleased we’re closing the gender pay gap, and hope to see more women applying for senior leadership positions in the council, as a result of some of the positive measures being brought in for staff including a new women’s network.

“Our flexible working arrangements will continue so that people can be as productive as possible, and this is particularly important for women who usually shoulder the majority of caring responsibilities at home.

“This month’s International Women’s Day highlighted that women still have a way to go to achieve equality in Britain and around the world, but progress has been made at Slough Borough Council. This is important and we will work harder over the next year to close the gender pay gap further. I hope more women will come forward and go for senior leadership opportunities. I look forward to cheering them on!”