Thursday, 30 November 2017

Oil giant Shell reveals gender pay gap of 22%

Oil giant Shell says male staff working for the company on average earn 22% more than women in the UK.

Shell says that despite this, it is confident it pays equally for equal work, and the difference in pay rates is because of a skills gap, rather than sex discrimination.

The UK's biggest company is the latest to report its gender pay gap.

The government now requires bodies with more than 250 employees to publish gender pay gap figures every year.

The data is being added to a government database in an attempt to tackle workplace inequality.
The median UK gender pay gap was 9.1% for the year to April for full-time workers, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figure has almost halved since the ONS first started collecting figures on the gap in 1997.

Shell UK's chairman, Sinead Lynch, said the two main reasons for the gender pay gap were "fewer women in senior leadership positions, and fewer women working in technical or trading roles that attract higher levels of pay".

Shell, which is the largest firm on the UK's FTSE 100 index, says it struggles to attract as many women as men into technical roles which typically pay more.

BBC     News.