Gender Pay Gap

Bertram’s Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

Bertram Nurseries Limited employs more than 250 people and we are required by law to carry out Gender Pay Reporting to show the difference in average female earnings compared to average male earnings.

This involves carrying out six calculations that show the difference between the average earnings of men and women in our organisation; it does not involve publishing individual employee’s data.

This is our report for the snapshot date of 4 April 2019.
  • Mean gender pay gap - 4.1%
  • Median gender pay gap - 0%
  • Mean bonus gender pay gap - N/A
  • Median bonus gender pay gap - N/A
  • Proportion of male employees who receive a bonus - N/A
  • Proportion of female employees who receive a bonus - 3.1%

Pay Quartiles by gender

Lower Quartile 3.4% 96.6%
Lower Middle Quartile 4% 96%
Upper Middle Quartile8.5% 91.5%
Upper Quartile 6.8% 93.2%

Our Statement

According to the 2018 Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, the median gender pay gap for the whole economy is 17.9%.

We are very pleased that the data shows that there is no gender pay gap at Bertram where the median hourly rate of pay is concerned and only a marginal difference in the mean hourly rate of pay.

Women make up 95% of our workforce and 97% of our managers. Further analysis of the data shows no underlying reasons or concerns that a proportionately there is a higher representation of women in each of the quartiles in view of the sector as a whole.

We believe that the fact we do not have a gap in our median hourly rate of pay and our mean gap is well below the national average is as a result of our very proactive commitment to diversity and inclusion. Some of the things we have done to ensure equality and diversity in the workplace are:-

  • A competency-based approach to ensuring that all appointments and internal promotions are made solely on the basis of merit demonstrated against objective and non-discriminatory criteria.
  • A performance management and development scheme which supports all individuals to achieve their potential and aspirations.
  • Comprehensive learning and development provision.
  • A simple, fair and transparent pay system. Pay is determined with reference to a job evaluation system based on non-discriminatory factors; the more senior roles paid outside this structure are remunerated on salaries determined by independent market testing.
  • Mandatory diversity training for all managers.
  • Monitoring of diversity data – both quantitative and qualitative – to identify areas of potential concern and identification of actions to address these.

Although the results of our gender pay gap analysis are positive, we will not become complacent but will keep our own performance in this area under ongoing review and seek to continuously improve the experience of all of our staff in respect of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dear families,

We are pleased to share with you our exciting plans for the future of our nurseries. Bertram Nursery Group has provided a trusted, caring and quality service to thousands of families over two decades.  That isn’t changing, but we want to grow and develop our services, facilities and, most of all, our teams who make our nurseries and kindergartens such inspiring places for children.

That’s why we’re changing our name to Thrive Childcare and Education, because that’s at the heart of what we’re about – helping our children, staff and communities to thrive.

While changing our company name and the names of some of our nurseries is the next step of our development journey, we’ll still have the same dedicated teams caring for your children.

The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced our belief that we need to adapt and invest in a constantly changing world to continue providing the service that parents and children need, tailored to the communities we support across Scotland and North West England.

Since our foundation, we have acquired some fantastic groups of nurseries and many high-quality independent nurseries. Now we are uniting them under four Thrive groupings:

  • Happitots nurseries will extend beyond Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to provide a network of affordable, flexible nurseries across Scotland.
  • Holyrood nurseries will extend more widely across our network of affordable nurseries in North West England, recognising parents’ and community needs.
  • Corner House nurseries will now extend from Edinburgh to operate more widely across Scotland, providing an extensive range of exciting, extracurricular activities and large outdoor areas.
  • Nature Kindergartens, our new sub-group, will reflect our vision to develop children’s outdoor learning. We plan to expand our Nature Kindergartens network in Scotland and England because we believe children’s learning is greatly enhanced in natural spaces.


Click here to visit Thrive Childcare and Education Website