Shell UK announces 22% gender pay difference
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Shell UK announces 22% gender pay difference

December 1, 2017

The Raw Data

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s U.K. business reported Thursday that the average hourly pay of all its male employees was 22.2 percent higher than the average hourly pay of all its female employees. The oil company said the difference was due to fewer women than men in senior leadership and top technical and trading roles. Shell said it pays equally for equivalent work.

Shell released a YouTube video on Thursday titled, “The Shell UK Gender Pay Gap,” which said 16 percent of engineering graduates in the U.K. were female. Shell U.K. said 67 percent of its employees are male and 33 percent female. It said in 2017, 27 percent of its senior management roles were held by women, up from 12 percent in 2005. Shell is the largest company in the U.K.’s FTSE 100 stock exchange index, according to BBC.

The U.K. Office for National Statistics determined the median gender pay gap for full-time employees was 9.1 percent during the first four months of this year. The rate was approximately half as much as it was in 1997, when the office started collecting statistics.    

As of Apr. 5, 2017, the U.K. requires that companies with 250 employees or more report gender pay differences by Apr. 6, 2018. Last week, the Bank of England reported that for 2017, up to Mar. 30, its average pay difference between men and women was 21.0 percent. The bank attributed this to differences in relative percentages of roles held by men and women rather than differences in pay for a given role. The majority of companies have yet to report on pay differences.

Sources: BBC, Fox Business, The Independent