Companies with more than 250 staff members were told by the government to publish data on the average pay difference between men and women by today.
The results revealed that some of the UK’s biggest agencies have a significant gender pay gap, including Reed & Mackay, BI Worldwide, Capita Travel and Events, and Carlson Wagonlit UK.
At BI Worldwide, the mean hourly rate for women is 13.9% lower than for men. At Carlson Wagonlit UK, women’s median hourly rate is 19.1% lower than men’s, meaning that women earn 81p for every £1 men do.
"At CWT, we are deeply committed to gender equality and continuing to foster a diverse and inclusive company culture where everyone can reach their full potential. This is not only the right thing to do, but it is also key to our future success," said Elaine Francois, head of UK human resources.
Ashfield Meetings & Events, however, revealed that there is no gender pay gap at the agency, with the report showing women’s median hourly rate is 3% higher than men’s. The top quartile of highest paid employees is 52.3% female.
"Ashfield is committed to equal opportunities for all our employees regardless of gender. Maintaining an environment where all our employees have access to the same opportunities is very important to us. We will continue to support this approach in three key areas: recruitment, flexible working and career progression," said their report.
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