N Brown Group has revealed that it has a mean gender pay gap of 5%, compared with a national average of 18%.
At its womenswear brand JD Williams, this gap was slightly higher at 6% as of April 2017.
Both N Brown Group and JD Williams reported that 60% of its employees in England, Wales and Scotland are female, a proportion which increases to 82% if only part-time employees are taken into account.
N Brown Group’s mean gender bonus gap over the 12 months to April 2017 is 18%, and JD Williams’ is 33%.
The business defended these figures: “This is not necessarily an indication of gender discrimination” as it is not the same as equal pay, which is “about ensuring that men and women are paid the same for carrying out work of equal value”.
A statement read: “The data measures the difference between the average earnings of all male and female employees, irrespective of their role or seniority. However, we are well aware that there is still work to be done, particularly in keeping the pipeline open for women to progress to top roles.
“We continue to care about diversity and addressing the gender pay gap, however small, within our organisation.”
In January Phase Eight also defended its gender pay gap of 65%, arguing that a majority its female employees work in-store and a majority of male staff in corporate roles.