PA’s workforce figures reveal gender imbalance and men getting bigger bonuses
21 February 2018
The deadline for companies reporting their gender gap is fast approaching – and it appears the major media firms are leaving it to the last minute. Companies with more than 250 employers have until 4 April to publish the information. The Press Association has bucked the trend by having already published its – albeit minimal – statement which states:
- The mean gender gap is 0.8 per cent.
- The median gender gap is 0.5 per cent.
- The mean gender bonus gap is 28.5 per cent.
- The median gender bonus gap is 0 per cent.
- The proportion of males receiving a bonus is 70.5 per cent and the proportion of women receiving a bonus is 69.9 per cent.
PA’s workforce consists of 63.9 per cent men and 36.1 per cent women
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern & Midlands organiser, said:
“The pay audit supplied by PA appears to show a small gender pay gap, however it does highlight that it is the men who are benefiting much more than women from bonuses. The size of the bonus money disparity, a gender gap of 28.5 per cent, and the fact that two-thirds of the best-paid jobs are filled by men indicates that bonuses are piled higher to men at the top.
“The ratio of 2:1 for men in the best-paid jobs should also be a concern to the company – and its 26 shareholders in the regional and national press. So, the NUJ asks, what action will be taken to correct this imbalance and over what timescale?
“The overall breakdown of the company’s workforce – 63.9 per men and 36.1 per cent women – raises worrying questions about PA’s recruitment policies which appear to favour men. While the company reports the bare figures it has to on its website, there is no explanation provided and the company is silent on what it is going to do about the questions these figures raise.
“As for the other shareholder companies, if PA can report its gender pay gap figures ahead of the deadline, why can’t they?”
The major newsgroups are known to be concerned that their employment policies will be exposed by publishing the required data. Lloyd Embley, editor-in-chief of the Mirror titles, has already admitted to staff that Trinity Mirror’s figures will reveal an “embarrassing” gender pay gap because senior positions at the newspaper group are dominated by men.