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Gender Pay Gap Reporting

At Marie Stopes International, we believe every woman has the right to determine her own future.

We provide contraception and safe abortion services to millions of women and girls every year.

These services don't just give a woman the ability to choose whether and when she has children; they also empower her to take control of her future, whether that means completing her education, pursuing a career, looking after her children or simply ensuring she and her family remain healthy.

And we believe when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to making a better, more sustainable future for everyone.


We fully support the UK government’s ambition to close the gender pay gap across the economy (currently at 17.9%) within a generation. Our own ambition is to close the mean gender pay gap (currently 4.8%) in our Global Support Office and to halve the mean gender pay gap for our UK Division (currently 59.9%).

Marie Stopes International’s workforce in the UK includes team members supporting our global development programming and team members focused on providing NHS-funded abortion services through our network of clinics. The combined gender pay gap for these two groups is 44.7% (mean) and 35.1% (median).

Our team members in the UK

Our workforce in the UK is split into two distinct areas:

  • Marie Stopes International Global Support Office, which includes our global Executive Team, and provides the strategic, technical and support functions for our international development programmes across 37 countries.
  • Marie Stopes UK, our UK clinics division, which provides NHS-funded and private abortion services through a network of centres in England.

These two workforces are reported together under the single legal entity, Marie Stopes International, and the gender pay gap figures are combined. They are, however, two separate workforces with distinct structures and so we have provided analysis in this report of the gender pay gaps at both the Marie Stopes International Global Support Office and Marie Stopes UK.

Marie Stopes International employs 709 people in the UK, with 495 people working at Marie Stopes UK, our UK Clinics Division, and 214 in the Global Support Office supporting the work of our programmes in 37 countries. Our workforce in the UK is predominantly (79%) female, and we have more women than men at every pay quartile and level.

This is also reflected in the make-up of our most senior leadership, with women holding eight of the 12 positions on the Global Executive Team and UK Executive Team.

Marie Stopes International Global Support Office

The Marie Stopes International Global Support Office provides strategic and technical support to our programmes in the developing world. The workforce is made up of 66% female team members and there is a broadly consistent majority of women at every pay quartile and in senior leadership positions.

In 2018, the proportion of women to men in the Upper and Upper Middle quartiles increased, leading to a reduction in the mean gender pay gap from 7.9% to 4.8% and a reduction in the median gender pay gap from 12.2% to 4.4%.

Marie Stopes UK

Marie Stopes UK is our UK clinics division, which provides NHS-funded and private abortion services through a network of centres in England. It operates under a separate structure to the Global Support Office, with the UK Managing Director reporting to our Global CEO. The clear majority (85%) of our workforce in the UK is female and there are proportionally more women in each pay quartile but there are disproportionately more men in the Upper quartile (34%) than in the overall workforce (15%).

The proportion of women (88%) and men (12%) in clinical roles in the UK division mirrors the overall workforce. However, there is a significantly greater proportion of women (98%) in nursing roles and a greater proportion of men (60%) in the medical roles with the highest hourly rates (surgeons and anaesthetists). Their hourly pay reflects the specialism of their work and is driven by the market for their services.

With men over-represented in the highest paid medical roles (as they are in the wider UK healthcare sector) when compared to the overall workforce there is a significant gender pay gap in the UK Division: 59.9% mean pay gap and 34.4% median pay gap. This is a slight increase on the previous year’s figures.

Combined reporting figures and actions

The majority (70%) of our UK-based workforce are employed in our UK Division and so our combined figures for Marie Stopes International are weighted towards the figures from the UK clinical operations.

Proportion of women and men in each pay quartile:







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Mean gender pay gap: 44.7%
Median gender pay gap: 35.1%

Proportion of women receiving a bonus: 22.1%
Proportion of men receiving a bonus: 45.6%

Mean bonus gap: 50.5%
Median bonus gap: 18.9%

Equality for women is at the heart of everything that we do, and are fully committed to ensuring that there are no barriers or biases in place at Marie Stopes International that deny equality of opportunity to women or any other group in society.

While it is positive that we have seen the gender pay gap in our Global Support Office narrow from 7.9% to 4.8%, the gender pay gap in our UK clinics division remains persistently high at 59.9%. Although there has been a slight narrowing of the gap overall, it’s clear that the biggest challenge for our organisation will be to tackle the structural under-representation of women in senior clinical roles in abortion care.

In the last year, we have strengthened the mechanisms we have in place to ensure fair remuneration, including adjustments to our salary review process, and a new annual review of every team, department and job type to ensure no inconsistencies exist.

The gender pay gap in our UK clinics is intertwined with broader issues within UK healthcare, and will require longer-term thinking from healthcare organisations. We are committed to being part of that change, and will continue to work with partners, professional bodies and government department to address this challenge over the years ahead.