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The Guardian reduces its pay gap

Latest figures show the success of the publication’s continued efforts to reduce its gender pay gap.

The Guardian’s pay gap has reduced from 8.9% in 2018 to 4.2% this year. Since 2017, the gap has dropped by 2/3, largely attributed to a better representation of women in the top and middle sectors of the organisation. 

Editor-in-chief Katherine Viner and chief executive David Pemsel see the trend as “encouraging progress”, as they recruit more women and support their development. The news brand launched a programme to assist women to progress in their career, so that they can move from mid-level positions to top-level roles. In support efforts, they have also introduced a new mentoring scheme, as well as ensuring they conduct gender balanced interviews during recruitment.

The two main factors influencing the growth of the gender pay gap are the disproportional amount of men working in the top sectors, and the large number of women hired in lower administrative roles. The Guardian has an aim of reaching 50:50 pay between men and women by 2022. This is very significant, in comparison to other companies in the UK, the overall pay gap stands at 8.9% for full-time employees.

The Guardian also announced that it plans to release an ethnicity pay gap report this year, as they aim to “attract, develop and retain” employees from more diverse backgrounds.

Source: The Guardian

Lucy Markham 04/07/19

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