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Fashion retailers reveal gender pay gap results

Next, Fenwick and Topshop/Topman are among the latest batch of retailers to disclose their gender pay gap figures demonstrating women are paid less than men across their businesses.

According to results published by Next, the mean women’s hourly rate was 15.5% lower than it was for men – 14.7% lower on a median basis.

The high street retailer also reported that bonus pay was 47.2% lower (24.4% median) for female employees, with 97% of women receiving bonus pay amounts compared to 96% of men.

This pattern was matched by department store Fenwick, with a reported mean hourly rate of 20.4% less for women than men (7% median), with bonus pay recorded as 41.2% lower for women (37.8% median).

Topshop/Topman figures indicate a slight difference between male and female hourly rates of 2.2% lower for women (1.9% median). The bonus pay figures illustrated women were paid 24.4% less than men, however, the median indicated they were paid 34.9% more than men.

The UK average gender pay gap is 17.4% by mean and 18.4% by median, according to the Office for National Statistics ASHE 2017 and the retail average is 16.4%.

Results from Clarks, Burberry and Fat Face have illustrated the same pattern of men being generally paid more than women as the UK average.

Companies with over 250 employees have until 4 April to submit their gender pay gap reporting information, otherwise they may be pursued through the courts and face penalties. 

Readers' comments (1)

  • Gender pay gap does NOT compare apples with apples and is not the same as pay equality. There is a danger that people confuse the two and the media are not doing enough to explain the difference....

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