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RPS publishes ethnicity pay gap for the first time

The data compares the median pay of white and BAME employees
The data compares the median pay of white and BAME employees

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) published its ethnicity pay gaps for the first time alongside gender pay gap information, with the ethnicity pay gap figure for April at 12%.

Publishing the data is part of its “ambitious plan” to put inclusion and diversity at the heart of the way it champions the pharmacy profession, the RPS said last week (June 19).

In April, the RPS’s median pay gap between white and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees was 12%, while its gender pay gap was 15%.

Although the RPS’s ethnicity pay gap is below the 22% White/BAME pay gap in London, where most of its employees are based, this “doesn’t mean we accept our current pay gap as a good position to be in,” it said.

“This is our first report and we’ll use it as a baseline as we take action to reduce our pay gap.”

New benchmark

RPS chief executive Paul Bennett said the organisation wants to “become a fairer, more inclusive employer”, and its pay gap work is “part of a bigger transformation for both our people and the profession”.

“I’m pleased that for the first time we now have a benchmark on pay for our BAME employees,” he said.

Both the RPS’s gender and ethnicity pay gaps show there’s “still much work to be done”, Mr Bennett said.

It is “disappointing” that the organisation’s work to reduce its gender pay gap has “yet to make a real difference to our overall results”, he added.

On Monday (June 22), the RPS published its five-year inclusion and diversity strategy.

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4 Comments
Question: 
Do you think other organisations should publish their gender and equality pay gaps?

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

Have I missed an article on here about the RPS being in deficit again, and a breakdown of their huge wage bill? What do these guys do all day?!?

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Count their money may be?

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

Not mine after the end of this year! I'm out!  £10 million on wages PharmacyMag says. That can't be true surely? How many people are there?! It says 7 on more than 90k each! So that's your first million! 

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Good on you Angela! I'm not renewing my registration this year either and I'll be pulling the plug earlier if at all possible. Pharmacy just ain't worth the drudgery and general crap any more.

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