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Sexual orientation

We ask all our new starters to declare their sexuality when they apply for a role with us. Completion of the monitoring form is voluntary, and we offer the option of ‘prefer not to say’ for those who do complete the form. There has been a reduction in ‘unknown’ following a campaign to encourage colleagues to provide the data. 


                                                   2023                                                                                                        2022

Sexual orientation Number Percentage Number Percentage
Unknown 68 9.4% 104 14.0%
Bisexual 8 1.1% 6 0.8%
Gay/Lesbian 11 1.5% 9 1.2%
Heterosexual  621 86.0% 616 83.1%
Prefer not to say 14 1.9% 6 0.8%
722 741



Mean and median sexuality pay gap

Calculating the pay gap between those who declare themselves to be gay, lesbian or bisexual vs those who declare themselves as heterosexual, prefer not to say or choose not to declare: 

  • Our mean sexuality pay gap was 14.1 

This means that on average, colleagues in Beyond Housing who declare they are gay, lesbian or bisexual are paid 14.1% less than other colleagues. This is an increase on last year which was 2.3. 

  • Our median sexuality pay gap was 16.7 

This means the average colleague who declares they are gay, lesbian or bisexual are paid 16.7% less than other colleagues. This is a reduction on last year which was -0.6%. 

Pay quartiles

Bisexual/Gay/Lesbian Heterosexual/ prefer not to say
Lower % 6% (+) 94% (-)
Lower middle % 2% (+) 98% (-)
Upper middle % 1% (-) 99% (+)
Upper % 2% (=) 98% (=)

Commentary on sexuality pay gap 

Our sexuality pay gap data indicates that our colleagues who declare a bisexual/gay/lesbian sexual orientation are fairly evenly distributed across the quartiles, the slightly larger proportion in the lower quartile reflects that younger people are both more likely to report a non-heterosexual orientation and are more likely to be in the early stages of their career, initially earning lower pay.