Save the Children International Gender Pay Gap 2019

About Save the Children International

Save the Children International is part of the Save the Children Association, which is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in around 120 countries, including in some of the most complex and challenging contexts. Our global ambition is to ensure all children survive past their fifth birthday; have access to a quality basic education; and are protected from all forms of violence. Last year we helped change the lives of more than 55 million children directly around the world, through ours and our partners' work.  

Save the Children International is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce where everyone is valued equally and all employees feel respected. Our approach to reward and pay aims to be competitive and fair. We have a global workforce of approximately 16,000, and more than 250 staff who are employed by the UK office. Save the Children International’s UK staff are included in the reporting below. The figures do not include employees of Save the Children UK, who have reported on gender pay separately. 

What is gender pay?

A gender pay gap is identified when comparing the overall average pay of male and female staff regardless of their roles or seniority. This is different from equal pay, which focuses on the pay differences between men and women performing the same or similar work. A gender pay gap can result from a number of factors including differences in the sorts of jobs typically performed by men and women.

Save the Children International has identified a mean gender pay gap of 16.8% (18.8% in 2018) and a median gender pay gap of 16.3% (12.3% in 2018).There are a number of factors for this, but we believe ours is, in part, because of the roles men and women hold within the organisation and because there are not enough women in senior roles (47% at grade A and 44% SLT). Globally, we have seen an increase of gender diversity in our leadership positions, but it is not yet completely equitable. In 2018, for instance, women held 52% of our country office leadership positions, but there are a smaller number of women in leadership or middle management positions in the UK. We are committed to doing whatever we can to addressing this issue.

What is Save the Children International doing about its pay gap? 

Save the Children International is committed to helping women to progress into leadership roles. This aim will be driven by our performance management approach and Save the Children International’s global leadership’s ongoing commitment to identify and develop talented female leaders.

Furthermore, in 2018, we undertook an Equal Pay Audit, which showed that our reward approach is working well to ensure equity of pay in addition, we have ensured that at least 50% of participants on our leadership development programmes were women, we reviewed training to ensure there was no gender bias, we reviewed our flexible working and UK family benefits policies, we ensured that Job adverts in the UK include the relevant UK grade and that recruiters ensure that gender balanced language is used on all  job adverts.

Transparency is a key priority for Save the Children International. We believe that reporting on our pay and reward is an important process.  This information will allow organisations, like ours, to better understand the effectiveness of current practices. More importantly, it empowers us to address it. We are committed to making Save the Children International a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe diversity and inclusiveness is vital to our ability to achieve our ambition for children – and our ambition is too important not to be achieved!

Statement Signed by:

Chet Kuchinad - Chief People Officer

Date: 29th March 2019

To read more about Save the Children International’s Gender Pay Information download the report here.

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