Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Future Directions CIC is committed to addressing workplace barriers to equality and providing all employees with equal opportunities. Our strategic aim is to fully engage and value all our employees. We are a diverse workforce and we have worked collaboratively and succesfully since the company became independent in 2015.

Across the UK there is currently an average gender pay gap between men and women’s pay was 15.5% in 2020, down from 17.4% in 2019 (i.e.: women on average earn 15.5% less than men across the UK). As an employer we are required by law to carry out Gender Pay Reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.

This involves carrying out six calculations that show the difference between the average earnings of men and women in our organisation. We are required to publish the results on our own website and a government website within one calendar year of April 5th.

We can use these results to assess:

The challenge in our organisation is to eliminate any gender pay gap. The Company has always worked hard to ensure that there is a fair system of pay across the Company and this effort is evident in the results of our report.

Gender Pay Reporting requires us to make calculations based on employee gender. We establish this by using our existing HR and payroll records.

In April 2021 the company employed 757 staff. Of these, 163 were male and 594 were female.

Hourly Rates of Pay

The organisation found that there was a –2.6% Gender pay gap on mean salaries between male and female employees, and a -1.2% pay gap on the median basic hourly rate. This means that there is a very slightly higher rate of pay for female employees across the organisation as a whole. The mean and median bonus pay gap is 11.2% and 20%.

Bonus pay is the same for both male and female employees; however there is a higher amount of part time female employees, explaining the pay differential.

The mean and median gender pay gap
Based on an hourly rate of ordinary pay

Mean gender pay gap: -2.57%
Median gender pay gap: 1.22%
Total Employees: 757

Pay Bands

Below is the summary split of where male and females sit in terms of the quartile pay bands. We listed the salary of every colleague in order and split the list into four equal parts to give us our quartiles 1, 2, 3 and 4.

  Number of Male % Males Number of Females % Females Total Staff
Quartile 1 64 34.4% 122 65.59% 186
Quartile 2 78 41.71% 109 58.29% 187
Quartile 3 64 34.22% 123 65.78% 187
Quartile 4 57 30.48% 130 69.52% 187


Note: Any difference in total employee numbers shown in the data is as a result of the different methodologies that employers are required to use by the regulations. This will exclude some staff on reduced pay or unpaid leave.


The figures shown in our gender pay gap report show that the company has a pay structure and other processes which ensure that discrimination based on gender is not currently an issue within Future Directions CIC. We are confident that men and women are paid equally for doing equivalent jobs across our business.

Paula Braynion,
Managing Director,
Future Directions CIC.

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