Gender Pay Gap

August 2018

Fosters Bakery is a small to medium sized Company with less than 250 employees.   
We don't legally have to report our gender pay gap.

The business is family owned with the principle owners working in the business.   The current Directors are all descended from Emily Foster, the original Company founder.   In the past, women outnumbered men on our board as Emily's children were manly female.    However in this generation (the current owners and Directors) they were all male. . . .  anyway . . .

The mean average gender pay gap is - 7.3% (men in higher paid positions than women)
The median gender pay gap is - 13% (men in higher paid positions than women)

The 2017 average UK gender pay gap was -19% for a Company of our size ( Office Of National Statistics ) 

Men and women are paid the same for the same job.
Part time or full time work is paid the same rate.

Fosters Bakery is a 24/7 operation.    Virtually all the gender pay gap is because men vastly outnumber women on the night shift; a higher hourly rate is paid for unsociable hours.   The women who work nights get the same (higher) rate as men.

Incredible as it sounds now, until 1986 the law in England prohibited women from working night shifts in bakeries unless they had a special permit.   Even with the permit women's hours were restricted.   Fosters Bakery held a permit (most of the business' owners and Directors were women)

 

 Elaine Foster's Husband

Elaine Foster's Husband

 John Foster's Wife

John Foster's Wife