Waste industry named one of the best sectors for gender pay gap

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
?When teamed with the water industry, waste management and remediation activities achieved a median of 6.9% and a mean of 5.5%

The waste sector is among the top five UK sectors for best gender pay gap, according to new figures.

When teamed with the water industry, waste management and remediation activities achieved a median of 6.9% and a mean of 5.5% in favour of women.

The median is the middle value and the mean is the overall figure.

Following landmark legislation, companies with more than 250 employees are now required to publish a snapshot of their salaries to report on the gender pay gap.

The figures are the difference between the overall average hourly pay based on gender, regardless of any other factors including job role, location or market forces.

Waste management firm Veolia demonstrated a mean pay gap of -5.5% and a median of 0.18%, meaning women on average earned more than men.

Estelle Brachliano, Veolia senior executive vice president, said: “We are proud of our programmes to increase diversity and inclusivity and this report, which accurately depicts our gender pay gap helps to show we are heading in the right direction.

“In 2017 we were recognised for our efforts in hiring more employees from diverse social backgrounds, including NEETs, ex-o enders and former military personnel by winning Veolia’s Global Social Initiatives award for Social Equity and Diversity. We are also advancing our apprenticeship, female-focused leadership and STEM programmes.”

Across the UK, 78% of companies pay men more than women, around 12% pay women more and around 7% have no pay gap at all.

Financial and insurance companies were found to be the worst for gender pay gap, with a mean of 25.9% and median of 22.1% in favour of men.

In 2017, women’s pay growth in respect of age was lower than men’s pay growth and also stopped growing at a younger age on average across all industries.

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