Over 500 UK companies reveal large gender pay gap

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Over 500 UK companies have released their gender pay gaps under new Government rules, revealing shocking pay disparities.

Among the 527 companies who announced their gender pay gap data on Saturday, Phase Eight and EasyJet reported a gap of over 50 per cent.

Phase Eight had the biggest average difference, with men being paid nearly 65 per cent more per hour than women. EasyJet reported that men are paid almost 52 per cent more than women on average.

In November 2017, EasyJet revealed that their male staff are paid 45.5 per cent more than their female colleagues.

It also revealed its mean and median bonus pay-gaps, which stand at 43.8 per cent and 32.2 per cent respectively.

The airline has blamed its gender pay gap on the disparity between male pilots and female pilots.

According to EasyJet, the average salary for a UK pilot is £92,400. The company currently employs 1,407 male pilots in the UK, it only has 86 female pilots, which according to EasyJet is skewing the data.

Cabin crew are paid an average of £24,800, with women accounting for 2,002 of all UK cabin crew, compared to 898 are male.

At the time, the company said, “EasyJet’s gender pay gap is strongly influenced by the salaries and gender make-up of its pilot community, which make up over a quarter of its UK employees.”

“Pilots are predominantly male and their higher salaries, relative to other employees, significantly increases the average male pay at EasyJet.”

The UK is currently reporting a gender pay gap of 9.4 per cent for full-time workers and 17.4 per cent for part-time workers. Last year, the government announced that companies with more than 250 employees would have to report their pay gap data before April 2018.

Other companies such as Virgin Money and Ladbrokes reported a higher-than-average pay disparity. Female employees for Virgin Money are paid 32.5 per cent lower than male colleagues, while Ladbrokes report that women earn 15 per cent less.

The British Museum reported a zero per cent pay gap, while the Armed Forces reported that women were paid 0.9 per cent less. Unilever also reported a low pay gap, with women earning 8.8 per cent less than men.

Alison Simpson
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