Boohoo, Mothercare, Matalan and Harrods are among the latest major retailers to have revealed gender pay gap figures, ahead of the government’s deadline to do so tomorrow.
Mothercare’s figures were the most revealing, with the mean hourly rate for women is 40.6 per cent lower than for men while the median is 25.3 per cent lower.
While Matalan’s mean hourly rate for women is 13.7 per cent lower, its median is the same as men.
Over at Boohoo, the mean hourly rate for women is 5.9 per cent lower than men, although its median is the same for both genders.
Meanwhile at Harrods, the mean hourly rate for women is 4.2 per cent lower than men but the median rate for women is one per cent higher.
Other retailers to have revealed their gender pay gap figures include Hackett London, Adidas, Gant, as well as Coast, Warehouse and Oasis.
At Hackett London, the mean hourly rate for women is 17.5 per cent lower while its median rate is three per cent higher.
For Adidas, the mean hourly rate for women 18.4 per cent lower than for men and the median for women is 2.3 per cent lower.
Gant’s mean hourly rate for women is 20.1 per cent lower than that for men, while its median is 11.3 per cent lower for women.
On the other hand, Coast’s mean women’s hourly rate was 71.05 per cent lower than it was for men and 40.26 per cent lower on a median basis.
The fashion retailer also had a mean bonus pay gap of 92.85 per cent, or 50 per cent on a median basis.
It said that a quarter of its female staff received a bonus, compared to 83 per cent of male staff.
Warehouse’s mean women’s hourly rate was 16 per cent lower than it was for men, while its median was three per cent lower.
Meanwhile its bonus pay was 7.6 per cent higher for female employees, but on a median basis it was 59.7 per cent lower.
At Oasis, the mean women’s hourly rate was 37.5 per cent lower than it was for men while its median rate was 5.5 per cent lower for women.
Its mean bonus pay gap is 94.9 per cent while on a median basis the bonus pay gap is 96.6 per cent.
Oasis said that of its female employees, only 0.5 per cent received a bonus compared to 2.2 per cent of its male employees.
Coast, Warehouse and Oasis said the figures reflected its female-dominated staff at both shopfloor and head office levels, and that they plan to introduce flexible working, promote policies such as shared parental leave, and review how and where vacant roles are advertised.
The figures come as the government prepares to implement news rules from April 4 whereby businesses with more than 250 employees must publish annual figures breaking down pay.
As part of the process, businesses must upload a report onto a government website, as well as their own.
The report must detail mean and median gender pay gaps, the proportion of men and women receiving a bonus, and the proportion of men and women in each quartile of the company’s pay structure.
The mean UK gender pay gap is 17.4 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2017, and the retail average is 16.4 per cent.
Gender pay gap is different to equal pay, which deals with the pay differences between men and women who carry out the same jobs.