Gender Pay Gap Report 2023

Wessex Garages Holdings Ltd

On 5 April 2023, our total workforce comprised of 344 employees with the following gender split:





This is our annual gender pay gap report for the snapshot date of 5 April 2023.

  • Our mean gender pay gap is 15.1%.
  • Our median gender pay gap is 8.7%.
  • Our mean gender bonus gap is 28.5%.
  • Our median gender bonus gap is 27.4%.
  • The proportion of male employees receiving a bonus is 97.7% and the proportion of female employees receiving a bonus is 97.5%.

Table 1: Pay quartiles by gender

This table shows our workforce divided into four equal-sized groups based on hourly pay rate. Band A includes the lowest-paid 25% of employees (the lower quartile) and band D covers the highest-paid 25% (the upper quartile).




What is included in this band?




All employees whose standard hourly rate is within the lower quartile




All employees whose standard hourly rate is more than the lower quartile but the same or less than the median




All employees whose standard hourly rate is more than the median but the same or less than the upper quartile




All employees whose standard hourly rate is within the upper quartile

A quartile is one of four equally sized groups created when you divide a selection of numbers that are in ascending order into four. The "lower quartile" is the lowest group. The "upper quartile" is the highest group.

The figures in this table have been calculated using the standard methods used in the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.

Why do we have a gender pay gap?

Legally, men and women must receive equal pay for:

  • the same or broadly similar work;
  • work rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme; or
  • work of equal value.

We are committed to equal opportunities and equal treatment for all employees, regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability. We have a clear policy of paying employees equally for the same or equivalent work, regardless of their sex (or anything else listed above). We:

  • carry out regular pay and benefits audits;
  • provide regular equal pay guidance training for all staff members who are involved in pay reviews; and
  • evaluate job roles and pay grades to ensure fairness.

We are confident that our gender pay gap is not because we pay men and women differently for the same or equivalent work. Instead, our gender pay gap is because men and women work in different roles and those roles have different salaries.

Across the UK economy, men are more likely than women to be in senior roles (especially very senior roles at the top of organisations). Men are more likely to be in technical and IT-related roles, which are paid more highly than other roles at similar levels of seniority. Women are also more likely than men to have had breaks from work that have affected their career progression, for example to bring up children. They are also more likely to work part time, and many of the jobs that are available across the UK on a part-time basis are relatively low paid.

This pattern from the UK economy as a whole is reflected in the make-up of our organisation. Most line managers and senior managers are men.

How does our gender pay gap compare with that of others?

The mean gender pay gap for the United Kingdom (according to the February 2024 Office for National Statistics (ONS) Gender pay gap in the UK figures) is 7.7%. In a comparison (using the Employer comparison Gender pay gap service) with 143 other motor, wholesale and retail trade companies, whose average mean difference in hourly pay ranges from -22.8% to 64.5%, at 15.1%, our mean gender pay gap is below the average in our industry which sits at 18.4%.

The median gender pay gap for the UK (according to the February 2024 ONS ASHE figures) is 7.7%, while in a comparison with 143 other motor, wholesale, and retail trade companies it is 16.5%. At 8.7%, our median gender pay gap is below the average in our sector.

Table 2: Comparison with other organisations

Our organisation

2023 ONS ASHE whole economy

Average in motor, wholesale and retail trade

Mean gender pay gap




Median gender pay gap




Our mean and median gender bonus gaps are: 28.5% and 27.4% respectively.

97.7% of men at our organisation received a bonus in the 12 months up to 5 April 2023. For women this was 97.5%. This has been a positive change since our last report, as the gender gap is now minimal in terms of bonus entitlement. The gender bonus gap is still higher than we would like, however we consider this is due to more men holding more technical and/or senior roles within the business, and these roles attract higher bonuses.

What are we doing to address our gender pay gap?

We are not happy with our gender pay gap even though it compares favourably with others in our sector. We are committed to doing everything we can to reduce the gap. However, we also know this is a difficult task. For example, we have no control over what people choose to study or the career choices that they make.

Over the next year, we will review our recruitment and remuneration policies to ensure fairness and equality.