Recruiting more women to senior roles will improve the pay gap at Ceredigion County Council.

Reports on gender pay and workforce equality for 2022 were presented to councillors at a meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee this week.

It was highlighted that as of March 31, 2022, the mean pay gap was -6.0 per cent and the median pay gap of -7.6 per cent between men and women, an increase in the gap from last year and similar to 2020’s figures.

Councillors heard that the main reason for the gap was lower numbers of women in more senior roles – although there are significantly more women employed over all at 66 per cent compared to 34 per cent men.

It was also noted that the figures did not include teachers or head teachers.

At the meeting on Wednesday, November 23, councillors noted that attempts to recruit from the “widest possible talent pool” would continue, flexible work options to retain staff and ensuring development opportunities will help to narrow the gap.