Foodservice operator Delaware North UK has announced a median gender pay gap of 0% among its staff – however, disparity remains in the upper echelons of the firm.
The median rate for the firm – that is the midpoint in pay among all male employees when compared to the same for all female employees – stood at 0%, with both receiving £8.90 per hour. The figure is considered the most reliable by groups including the Office for National Statistics (ONS) when it comes to assessing pay imbalance among average workers.
However the mean rate showed disparity towards the top of the firm, with a pay gap of 7.4%. In gender pay gap reporting, mean rates are often considered to be skewed compared to the median due to highly paid male employees in senior business positions.
The data from Delaware North UK also revealed the firm hires more women than men in almost all jobs, representing 51% of staff paid between £7.20 and £8.90, and 54% of those paid between £8.90 and £9.21 per hour. However, among the best-paid jobs in the firm – those where employees earn between £9.21 and £112.78 per hour, only 43% of roles were held by women.
The disparity was particularly pronounced in bonuses with the median bonus gap increasing this year to 37.4% – £3,637 for women and £4,998 for men. Only 41% of staff eligible to receive bonuses are female, while only 40% of staff who achieved bonuses across the period were women.
In the report, the firm stated its research “identifies some underlying imbalance in gender distribution among senior leaders at site level. Moving forward we will actively seek to re-dress the balance at specific sites where we see women underrepresented in senior leadership teams.”
The ONS place the median pay gap for the UK at 17.9%, however, data from last year shows that in certain catering sectors women averagely earn more than men. Female catering and bar managers were found to be paid 1.7% more on average, while women working as kitchen and catering assistants were also averagely paid more – by 2.2%.
UK managing director Doug Tetley said: “This Gender Pay report clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to building a workplace that is flexible, supportive and responsive to both the changing nature of the 21st century workplace and the changing requirements of the 21st century workforce.”