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Waste sector gender pay gap grows


The waste sector’s gender pay gap has widened this year, according to initial MRW analysis of freshly released data.

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The figures showed that the average company in the industry pays its middle-ranking male employee 3.6% more than his female equivalent.

This figure is up from 0.8% when we analysed gender pay data a year ago.

All UK companies with at least 250 employees were legally obliged to report by midnight last night on their remuneration of men and women. Across all sectors of the economy, the median gender pay gap reached a record low of 17.9% this year.

MRW identified 47 waste sector companies required to submit reports, and analysed the data from the 44 that were available on the dedicated Government portal this morning.

Relating to a snapshot date of 5 April 2018, the figures showed a growing range of gender pay disparity across the industry. Waste company median pay gaps stretched from 43.7% cent in favour of men at one firm to 28.7% in favour of women at another.

This 72.4% range was up from one of 63.3% the previous year, suggesting that the level of inequality is growing in both directions.

The median proportion of women in waste companies’ top earnings quartile was just 15.6% in the latest data. Although this was up slightly from a year earlier, it suggests that more than five in six waste sector high earners are men.

Although 21 companies paid men higher bonuses than women, 16 were in the opposite position, and the median gender bonus gap in these initial figures, across the sector as a whole, was zero.

Three waste companies showed on the Government website this morning as having failed to submit reports by the deadline, although it appears that this may be incorrect because two of those firms have shown MRW their figures and insisted they were indeed filed in time. MRW is waiting to hear from the third.

The figures here represent initial findings. Full analysis of all figures, along with industry reaction and expert opinion, will be published by MRW at a later date.

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