Housebuilder reveals success in closing the gender pay gap

Kirsty Douglas

SPRINGFIELD Properties has announced its gender pay gap has ‘effectively been closed’.

The housebuilder is reporting a ‘small fractional difference’ in pay between men and women. The business has a mean gender pay gap of 0.5%, in comparison to 6.8% in 2019.

The data provides a snapshot of the firm as of April 2021, with Springfield revealing that it uses agreed government methodology to calculate its figures.

The company cites ongoing training, professional and personal development, and creating an environment where all employees can thrive and progress, as helping to drive the change. This includes a commitment to have 15% of its staff in further education, formal training, or hired as apprentices which it is already exceeding.

Kirsty Douglas is an architectural assistant and masterplan co-ordinator who joined Springfield as a trainee in 2020. She said, “There is a misconception that technical roles are dominated by men, but that’s changing and it’s great to see more women like me given a platform for growth. I am fortunate to be part of a great company that promotes career progression, regardless of gender and I am looking forward to continuing to build on my experience.”

Innes Smith, CEO for Springfield Group, added, “We are proud of these results, which clearly evidence the steps we have taken to foster an inclusive culture where anyone can progress and succeed. We have continued to invest heavily in our team and provide clear routes for progression.

“Following the successful completion of additional qualifications supported by Springfield, we were pleased to see three of our female team secure well deserved managerial positions and to welcome two new female directors further strengthening the leadership team.”