Break has been supporting children, young people and families since 1968

Break's Gender Pay Gap Data

As an employer with more than 250 employees Break is obliged to calculate and publish Gender Pay Gap figures and we are pleased to do so.

Our first annual figures were calculated as of 5th April 2017 using the prescribed calculation methodology as provided through our Cascade HR and Payroll system.

Break Female’s Hourly rate is:

10.3%                3.6%

Lower                Lower

(Mean)              (Median)

 Mean Pay Gap Chart

Median Pay Gap

At the mean level the pay gap is 10.3% but this narrows to 3.6% when the median is calculated.

While some organisations struggle to achieve proportional representation of female staff in the more senior higher paying roles this is essentially not the case at Break. The top quartile ratio of  74% females to 26% males is very similar to the whole organisation’s ratio of 77% females to 23% males. At Break the gap is principally because there is an under representation of males in the lower quartile pay bands. The lower pay bands in Break relate almost exclusively to roles within the retail division. Break always strives to maintain a differential between the lowest scale points and the National Living Wage rate and it expected that the Gender pay gap will close as the impact of National Living Wage rises nudge the lower quartile pay rates higher. 

Pay Quartiles

Quartiles Pie Chart

Top Quartile

Males  25.9%      Females 74.10%

Upper Middle Quartile

Males 30.90%     Females 69.10%

Lower Middle Quartile

Males 21%          Females 79%

Lower Quartile

Males 8.6%         Females 91.40%


Bonus Pay

At Break the only bonuses paid are commission payments on shop sales.

Less than 50 employees received these payments.  

Who Received Bonus Pay

5.70%   Males     15% Females

The commission payments are relatively small sums with the highest individual payment

Just over £1300.

Women’s Bonus Pay is

24.50%           36.5%

Lower             Lower

(Mean)          (Median)

Bonus Recipients

There are very few males that receive commission payments but they are managing some of the bigger and most successful shops and achieved median commission amounts of £791 compared to

The female median commission of £502. 



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