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Gender pay gap report

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Gardeners at Nymans | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

The gender pay gap measures the difference between the average hourly rate paid to men within the organisation and the average hourly rate paid to women. Read our latest gender pay gap report, see how it compares to the national average and to previous years, and learn what we’re doing to close the gap.

Gender pay gap report findings

The National Trust employs more women than men across the organisation (66 per cent). At the highest levels we employ a good balance of women and men.

Our gender pay gap exists because we employ more women in lower paid roles, such as retail, food and beverage and visitor services, where the overwhelming majority of applicants have traditionally been female.

As these roles make up a high proportion of our workforce, this has a big effect when we calculate the average hourly rates for women and men across the organisation.

Our 2022 results, the first in three years to be unaffected by our use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, continue to show improvement since our first reported figures in 2017.

The results of our gender pay gap in 2022 show a slight worsening of our mean average, which is now 8.6 per cent in favour of males compared to 6.4 per cent in 2021. Our median average is 9.1 per cent compared to 8.9 per cent last year. Although our results are below UK national averages, we are in no way complacent and are committed to reducing our gender pay gap through a wide range of interventions. We will continue our commitment to foster a culture of openness and honesty when it comes to pay, ensuring our policies and practices remain supportive of a more balanced representation of men and women at all levels of our organisation.

A quote by Tina LewisNational Trust Director of People
Staff at Heelis, National Trust Head Office, Swindon
Staff at Heelis, National Trust Head Office | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Future gender pay gap reports

Each year we’ll publish our gender pay gap information here, as required under government regulations.

Gender pay gap reporting year on year


Gender pay gap reporting for 2022

Our latest gender pay gap report was published in March 2023 and provides a snapshot of pay as of 5 April 2022. At that time, our gender pay gap was 8.6 per cent mean average in favour of men, compared to 6.4 per cent in 2021. Our median average was 9.1 per cent, a slight increase of 0.2 per cent on 2021. Both results are below the UK’s national mean average of 13.9 per cent and national median average of 14.9 per cent in favour of men.

Download the 2022 report to find out more including information about bonus pay, the impact of furlough, and the steps we are taking to reduce our gender pay gap.

Download the 2022 report.

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