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British Cycling chair Frank Slevin says it is essential British Cycling ‘continue to improve’ as governing body publishes gender pay gap figures for first time

British Cycling chair Frank Slevin says it is essential British Cycling ‘continue to improve’ as governing body publishes gender pay gap figures for first time

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British Cycling is working hard to close the gender pay gap and improve working conditions for its employees, says British Cycling chair Frank Slevin as the governing body publishes its gender pay gap figures for the first time.

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British Cycling’s results between April and December 2017 highlight that while there is still work to be done, strong progress has already been made with April showing a mean gap between men and women of 21.2% and a median gap of 10.1%.

These figures had reduced to 13% and 4% respectively by December.

British Cycling’s Chair, Frank Slevin, said: “These results show an encouraging trend for British Cycling but it is essential we continue to improve in this important area.

“In order to grow and develop as an organisation, we need engaged employees who get the support they need to perform at their best, who are rewarded fairly and who are helped to develop their careers.

“We have already introduced a number of measures including an annual culture survey and flexible working hours for staff. Further measures will be developed as we strive to be an organisation which prioritises its people as much as its performance.”

As well as new flexible office working hours British Cycling has introduced an improved pension offering, while enhanced paternity leave is now available alongside the enhanced maternity leave that was already standard practice.

A new performance management system has been introduced allowing staff to work with their line managers to identify learning and development opportunities so that they can be supported to achieve and progress their career.

British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington added: “Our aim is for everyone at British Cycling to be able to build and sustain a successful career in cycling and the Board and I believe everyone should be remunerated fairly regardless of gender.

“This will need a combination of pro-active steps to ensure our recruitment and retention policies further narrow the gender pay gap and providing an inclusive culture with an agile, flexible working environment for our people.

“The result will be a British Cycling better able to meet the needs of participants, its members and its funders. It is the right thing to do and therefore will remain a priority for the organisation I lead.”