Ikea unveils 'better than average' gender pay gap of 6.9pc

Ikea unveils 'better than average' gender pay gap of 6.9pc

But as of 8am yesterday - a week before the deadline - only 4,827 had done so, with figures showing men were paid higher salaries than women in 78% of those firms.

The group's red meat business hourly pay gap is also wider at 14.5% mean and 12.7% median, while its poultry business recorded a low pay gap of 4.9% mean and 4.8% median, according to its new gender pay gap report.

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The biggest gender imbalance is among those in senior positions.

'Shining a light on where women are being held back means employers can begin to take action.

Last week Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, cautioned all companies that have not yet reported on their gender pay gaps.

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Under the regulations, private and voluntary-sector employers with 250 or more employees are required to publish information about the difference between men and women's pay and bonuses.

This could be done by setting up subsidiary companies to skew figures, as well as withholding details of directors' pay if they are classed as owners.

"These values mean that we always pay our men and women equally for doing the same role with the same level of experience".

With a 50/50 gender split across the United Kingdom organisation, Ikea said it had identified the issue as being within its retail operations, where there is an uneven distribution of men and women among its 1,000-strong staff, at store management and country management level.

Only 17% of the 900 employees in the distribution operation, which includes logistics and transportation, are women.

The Viacom-owned free-TV channel - which airs local show "Celebrity Big Brother" and US imports including "Will & Grace" and "The X-Files" - said that the women in its ranks earned 2.85% more than the men. "We are evolving our employment practices with a view to eradicating our gender pay gap over time - making further progress against this objective will be a key performance indicator for our senior management team in 2018 and beyond", he added.

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