Housing associations need to do more to address gender inequality in their most senior roles
The great divide
Just 16 of the UK’s 100 largest housing associations are run by women. And it gets worse when you look at total pay increases in the past year: women have seen a rise of 1.2 per cent while their male counterparts have enjoyed four times as much with a 4.8 per cent surge.
There is an opportunity over the next few years to begin to correct this imbalance. Several top jobs will come up as a number of (almost exclusively male) chief executives approach retirement. It was heartening to see Riverside and Midland Heart recently opt for strong female candidates, but women missed out at Metropolitan and Amicus Horizon. For every Carol Matthews or Ruth Cooke there are six male bosses. What message does this send out to the 56 per cent of women who work in the housing profession? To say that you must perform better than your male counterpart and even when you do, you won’t be paid as much, simply isn’t good enough.
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