Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Government gender pay gap database reveals large disparity in United Kingdom game industry

Men paid more in 78% of employers Public UK wage database showcases game industry's gender pay gap
Heather Davidson | 06 April, 2018, 02:07

The National Theatre has revealed it has a gender pay gap in favour of women, making it one of the few arts organisations in Britain to pay its female staff on average more than males. As of Thursday, the day after the deadline, more than 10,000 companies had published the data.

Today GameIndustry.Biz put out an article explaining that 72% of large United Kingdom games firms have a bigger gender pay gap than the national average.

The biggest pay gaps are in construction, financial services, education, mining, communication, and energy, where the pay gap is in excess of 15%.

Some 212 (66%) reported a gap in favour of men, 84 (26%) a gap in favour of women, and 25 (8%) no gap at all.

"Any apparent pay gap is the result of the variety of jobs undertaken by men and women and the salary that these roles attract". HS2 said just 0.3% of women and 0.3% of men had received bonuses during the reporting period, and that bonuses paid to women had been 17% higher than those paid to men in both average and median terms. The numbers aren't measuring the pay of men and women in the same job. It assumed that company-specific reporting would embarrass firms so much that they'd be forced to alter their hiring and pay practices. The Gender Pay Gap database saw several video game companies declare the differences between the salaries of their employees (not only on average but also across the different pay grades).

In a time where the lacking gender balance of the music scene continues to cop criticism, Music Business Week revealed the average gender pay gap across the major UK-based labels was over 30%.

Rebecca Hilsenrath is chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which can prosecute large companies that have not reported their gender pay gap details.

Some 78 percent of commercial businesses and public sector organisations pay male staff more than female colleagues, according to Thursday's data cache.

Women's median hourly rate is 29.6 per cent lower than men's, which translates as women earning 70p for every £1 that men earn. At Burberry, where women make up 70 percent of the luxury fashion group's employees, there is a 26 percent gender pay gap in favor of men, who get higher bonuses too.

But the party also showed a bonus gap of nearly three per cent in favour of men.

"Our data is based on the analysis of a balanced workforce with 541 women and 537 men working across a diverse range of skilled crafts and professional disciplines". It's hoped it will encourage fairer treatment and equal pay.

The trust's gender pay gap is smaller than at neighbouring Countess of Chester Hospital, where women earn an average of 28% less than men, and East Cheshire NHS Trust, where women earn 34.5% less than men on average.

She said this was linked to a broader trend in the healthcare sector. In other words when comparing mean hourly rates, women earn 53p for every £1 that men earn, the website explained.

Mark Evans, acting director of resources, said Powys Council was "committed" to closing the gap and acknowledged there was more to be done.

Companies who fail to provide data face legal action and there was a last-minute dash to file the information before the deadline - with more than 15 per cent sending their information between Tuesday at 4pm and the cut-off point.

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