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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2304W, on equality, under what circumstances Commissioners of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are not representatives of the EHRC when making public statements. (226575)

Commissioners speak on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission when making public statements only when they have been asked or it has been agreed by the Commission to do so.

Other than those circumstances they make public statements in their private capacity and not as Commissioners speaking on behalf of the Commission.

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what work YouGov has undertaken on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; and how much this has cost. (233545)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what average salary was paid by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to its (a) male, (b) female, (c) white, (d) black and minority ethnic (e) disabled and (f) non-disabled employees in the last period for which figures are available. (232794)

The current average salaries for staff in each group are as follows:

Group

Average salary (£)

a

Male

33,366.96

b

Female

28,920.48

c

White

30,803.91

d

Black and Ethnic Minority

29,035.12

e

Disabled

29,784.07

f

Non-Disabled

30,598.81

These figures do not reflect full-time equivalent salaries but are purely the average of total salaries paid to staff. They therefore have not been updated to reflect, for example, part-time working. The Commission does not currently have figures based on hourly rates. These will become available once the Commission has finished harmonisation of its legacy organisations pay arrangements onto common rates of pay. These new rates have now been agreed with trade unions and staff have been consulted. It is expected that these new arrangements will be implemented shortly. Figures based on hourly rates will be available in the new financial year.