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Black Country Living Museum is a registered educational charity and an independent, not-for-profit organisation.

Find out more about the Museum by reading our annual reports, which set out our major achievements, performance, public benefits and future plans, and our gender pay gap report.

As a charitable company with a headcount of less than 250 employees, the Museum does not fall under the requirements of The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) regulations 2017. However, the Museum does support voluntarily reporting it’s gender pay information.

Annual reports

Gender pay gap reports

Gender pay gap report

Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s five largest open-air museums, attracting around a third of a million visitors each year; in equal parts it is, a Museum, a Charity and a Visitor Attraction.

Our employees and workers are key to delivering a successful Museum and having a fully representative and diverse workforce where pay is open, transparent, equal and fair is vital to this.

As a visitor attraction, and seasonal business, our workforce numbers vary across the year to meet the demands of the business which includes engaging casual workers to supplement our contracted employees. The Gender Pay Gap reporting is a snapshot of the position at the Museum at a specific point in the year.

At the snapshot date, the mean difference between the average hourly rate for men and women working at the Museum is 2.3%. In other words, when comparing mean hourly rates, men earn £1.02 for every £1 that women earn.

Whereas the median (middle number) hourly rate for men was 0.6% higher than the median hourly for women, which is a negligible difference and consistent with the last reported figure in 2020.

There has been a small increase in the differential of the mean hourly rates for men and women to the last reported figure in 2020. The Museum remains committed to continue to develop our workforce strategy which includes maintaining a culture of representation and inclusion to ensure equality of opportunity for all.