Women at Boots paid 21% less than men despite making up 78% of company


Boots has become the latest retailer to make its gender pay disparities public, coming in above the national average despite employing predominantly women.

The health and beauty retailer posted a mean pay gap of 21 per cent, above the national average of 18 per cent, alongside a median gap of five per cent.

This disparity is reportedly down do a disproportionate amount of men holding higher-paid roles.

Although 78 per cent of its total workforce is female, this they represented 68 per cent of top pay tier jobs.

The lowest three pay quartiles of Boots’ 57,000 roles are dominated by women at over 80 per cent, with women representing 78 per cent of HR roles.

Conversely, women held just 28 per cent of roles in IT, a higher paid position.

“We welcome the introduction of gender pay gap reporting as it’s an opportunity to identify the root causes of any gaps that exist within our business,” managing director Elizabeth Fagan said.

This comes as a raft of retailers release their gender pay gap statistics ahead of a government deadline in April.

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