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Danshell Learning Disability and Autism Services 

Danshell supports and cares for adults living with a learning disability, who may also have a diagnosis of autism, in specialist supported living, residential services and hospitals. Our aim is to deliver effective and outcome based services within person centred, professional care environments, supporting people to have the most choice and independence possible. We set high standards for ourselves in the delivery of care, and most importantly, we put the people we support at the heart of everything we do.

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Danshell Healthcare Ltd – Gender Pay Calculations As At 5 April 2018

Danshell Healthcare Ltd was founded in 2010 and has grown rapidly through the acquisition of services for the past 9 years, and from August 2018 is part of the Cygnet Healthcare group.  Danshell Healthcare Ltd provides various services across England and Scotland, focusing primarily on services for adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs.  Danshell is one of the largest independent sector providers of learning disability services in the country with 26 services.

The care sector is traditionally where it is more likely to have a greater pool of women to recruit from than men.  This is reflected in our proportion of males to females in our pay band and overall headcount for each gender.  We do however, proactively recruit males in the services where we have male only service users.

As at April 2018, there is a greater number of females employed at each quartile pay band.  The bonus scheme is payable to all service managers irrespective of their gender and paid based on performance, in 2018 more females were eligible to join the scheme and received on average a higher bonus than their male counterparts.  Similarly, for the 2nd year, and for the purpose of this year’s report there are also a higher number of female managers employed within the business.

As at April 2018, whilst the mean gender pay gap is marginally favourable to males, by 1.8%, the median gender pay gap is favourable to females, by 2.5%.  It therefore remains that overall Danshell Healthcare Ltd is a company which has no significant gender pay gaps, as demonstrated in our calculations, and Danshell actively encouraging applications to roles at all levels without any gender bias.  Therefore there are no immediate actions needed to be addressed as a business and all the calculations are in line with those described in the guidance for the Equalities Act.

The company will continue to use effective recruitment and retention policies to ensure our workforce remains at the centre of delivering our high quality of service.   We will ensure we are compliant with any legal updates in respect of pay, e.g. National Living Wage.  Danshell Healthcare Ltd will also continue to ensure through good practice there are no gender inequality gaps in the future.

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