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At Vets Now, our culture and values guide us in our decision making and ensure that we always place people at the heart of our business. We strongly advocate equality in all areas of our business and for our staff. We are confident that women and men are paid equally when working in equivalent/comparable roles and that gender plays no part in our salary decision making.
We strive to ensure transparency and consistency in regards to pay. For the majority of our roles we work to salary bandings, all of which are applied regardless of gender etc. There are of course other factors which can impact on salaries such as geographical location of clinics/hospitals, profitability and caseload of the clinic/hospital, and professional qualifications etc.
Currently, over 75% of our employees are female and we are rightly proud that 90% of the directors on our Operating Board are female.
Our reported gender pay gap, therefore, does not reflect the under representation of female staff in senior roles, but rather an under presentation of men in more lower paid positions, such as Animal Care Assistants, Receptionists, Clinic Administrators etc. At present, 30% of our entire workforce make up these job roles and 99% of our employees holding these roles are female.
Normally there are substantially fewer males applying for these roles resulting in less males being employed in them. With this in mind, it is clear that in order for us to narrow our gender pay gap, we must focus on this area of our business and seek to employ more men into these positions to achieve a better gender balance at all levels within the organisation.
Overall, we will continue to be passionate about ensuring fairness and equality within our business and will utilise our gender pay gap figures in order to direct positive changes moving forward.