UK: Gender pay gap figures show rise in inequality at half of UK co's

Author: Ivana Kottasova, CNN, Published on: 8 April 2019

'The gender pay gap is getting worse at half of UK companies', 5 April 2019

[…] More than three quarters of large UK employers are paying women less than men on average, according to new data. And the gender pay gap is actually growing at roughly half of the companies.

Companies with 250 or more employees in the United Kingdom had a deadline Friday to publish gender pay data, the second consecutive year of mandatory disclosures designed to encourage equality.

The data show that women are paid less on average across all industries in the public and private sectors. The average median gender pay gap among the 10,450 firms that reported data was 12%. […]

The reports show that little has changed since the first mandatory gender pay reports were published a year ago in Britain.

"While we have made great strides in the number of women in the workforce and top leadership positions, this has not led to better pay," said Shainaz Firfiray, an associate professor at Warwick Business School. […]

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission said in a report published last summer that only one in five companies have put in place a gender pay action plan with specific targets.

"Employers need to set out a five-year strategy for how they will close their gender pay gaps, monitoring progress and results," Smethers said, adding that the government should require the plans to be published. […]

Banks and airlines were among the most unequal companies for the second year in a row. […]

[also refers to Facebook, easyJet, AB InBev, KPMG, Alstom, HSBC, Barclays, UBS, Lloyds]

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Related companies: AB InBev UK (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) Alstom Barclays easyJet Facebook HSBC KPMG Lloyds UBS