Princess Alice Hospice is a very special place to work and volunteer - where you'll be respected, appreciated and supported. Are you compassionate? Do you strive for excellence? Then we want you in our amazing team.

Do you share our values?

Our people are incredible – and we need more like them. We’re all individuals but together we share a strong set of values. We call them our I-CARE values and they’re at the heart of everything we do – whether we’re managing a patient’s pain, teaching an art class, greeting visitors, or raising funds.

What does I-CARE mean to you?


  • We are honest and open
  • We are trustworthy and authentic in our dealings with others
  • We always try to do the right thing


  • We are kind, supportive and caring
  • We have empathy and listen to those around us
  • We are warm and positive in our interactions


  • We work together to make the Hospice’s vision a reality
  • We take responsibility for our work, performance and behaviour
  • We acknowledge and learn from our mistakes


  • We are inclusive, we value difference and work together effectively
  • We are sensitive to the thoughts, feelings and opinions of others
  • We treat everybody with dignity


  • We aim to be our best
  • We are forward-thinking and open to change
  • We share our skills, expertise and learning, striving for excellence together

How do we compare?

Princess Alice Hospice gender pay gap reporting 2023


As an organisation employing more than 250 people, the Hospice has to publicly report on its gender pay gap.  The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average earnings between all men and all women in an organisation.

Gender pay gap data

As at 5 April 2023 Princess Alice Hospice employed 444 people, with a significant proportion of our staff (68%) working less than the 37.5 hours classified as full time employment.

Our gender pay gap data at the above date indicates the following:

  • Women’s mean average hourly rate is higher than men by 12.4%
  • Women’s median average hourly rate is higher than men by 1.88%.

We are also required to report on the proportion of males and females in each quartile pay band.  The data below indicates that women represent the majority of our employees at all levels of our organisation.

Upper quartile2.46%97.54%
Upper middle quartile4.42%95.58%
Lower middle quartile3.44%96.56%
Lower quartile4.18%95.82%


Princess Alice Hospice is a charity with a mission to reach more people by delivering outstanding care, nurturing compassionate communities, sharing our knowledge and expertise, and influencing the debate around death and dying.  We operate in a sector that is predominately female, so it is no surprise that our workforce is similarly so (86.5% female vs 13.5% male at April 2023).  In addition, we fund a significant part of our charitable activity from the profits made through our chain of 42 shops – Retail is another sector that has a largely female workforce.

The Hospice prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer. Our HR policies and guidelines are reviewed regularly and supported by training and development.  Remuneration is approved on the basis of role and is benchmarked against national pay scales (e.g. NHS Agenda for Change, or local labour markets).  We have flexible working policies and practices and over 30% of our staff have taken advantage of these, to enable them to work in a way that works best for them in terms of their career aspirations and work life balance.

The data demonstrates that we do not currently have a gender pay gap of any significance and no specific action is therefore required.  However, it should be noted that this is in the context of having a workforce that is predominantly female and even small fluctuations in the male workforce could have a significant impact on our gender pay gap in the future.

Karen Garforth, Director of People Services, Volunteering and Organisational Development