Today the ECB is publishing its latest gender pay report (read here). During the Covid pandemic all reporting was paused by the Government, so today’s report covers the past three years (2019, 2020 and 2021) together.
Since the start of gender pay reporting five years ago, the ECB has made progress in addressing gender inequalities. Our workforce was 61% male and 39% female in 2021 – compared to 72% male and 28% female in 2017. Women currently make up 41% of our leaders’ group. And over half of ECB departments are 45% female or more.
However, like many organisations, we know that there is still more we need to do, particularly in order to reduce the gender pay gap. A major factor of the gender pay gap is the proportion of men and women in the most senior and highly paid roles. We need to increase the number of female employees in those positions to see a demonstrable change and reduction in our pay gap. Another factor is the inclusion of players, something we must do for statutory purposes. We need to continue to grow the commercial value of the women’s game, which will over time reduce the pay differential between male and female professional cricketers.
This is a journey that will take time to complete but we are committed to making further progress. Building a more gender-balanced workforce and growing the women’s game will enable us to both become a more representative organisation and to reduce the gender pay gap.