Bonus rate in Kingston Hospital Trust over 33 per cent lower for female staff

The bonus rate for female staff in the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was over 33 per cent lower than the rate for men as of March 2020.

This is according to a recent internal report, which also showed that the proportion of men who were in receipt of a pay bonus was over five times higher than the proportion of women.

There was a six per cent difference in hourly pay between male and female staff in favour of men, up from a two per cent difference in 2019.

Kingston Hospital has not responded to requests for comment.

Bonus pay

Bonus pay – Kingston hospital (2020)

The Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) are the only bonus payments made by the hospital trust to consultants.

The average bonus payment made to male staff at the hospital was £3015.96 higher than it was for women, a difference of over 33 per cent.

The proportion of male staff at the hospital receiving bonus pay in 2020 was 5.7 per cent – over five times higher than the proportion of female staff receiving bonus pay (1.1 per cent).

Hourly rate of pay

Hourly pay – Kingston hospital (2020)

The difference in average hourly pay between male and female staff at the hospital in 2020 was 6.2 per cent in favour of male staff, up from 2.3 per cent in 2019.

On average, over 75 per cent of staff at the hospital are female.

A statement made by the Kingston NHS trust equality said: “The trust is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and protecting Human Rights and is committed to eliminating discrimination against any individual.”

As a part of its strategy, the trust said that it would aim to ensure recruitment panels are gender balanced and support women to return to work in a variety of different work patterns.

The trust said it would also provide leadership development programmes that support women into leadership.

Similar story

The story is similar across the capital. As in Kingston, average bonus payments were over 33 per cent lower for women at St Thomas’ Hospital, for example.

The proportion of men receiving a bonus at St. Thomas’ Hospital increased to over six per cent, while for women this remained at just over one per cent.

At Homerton University Hospital in London, the gap in average pay between men and women for 2020-21 was 18 per cent. As for University College London Hospital, based on hourly rates, the pay gap was 15 per cent in favour of men for 2019-20.

From 2017, employers with 250 or more employees on their ‘snapshot date’ had to comply with regulations on gender pay gap reporting. This includes public authorities, such as hospital trusts, which must report and publish their gender pay gap information by 30 March of the following year.

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