Pub groups reveal gender pay gap figures

By Fred A'Court

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Figures revealed: large companies in the UK had until midnight on 4 April to disclose gender pay figures
Figures revealed: large companies in the UK had until midnight on 4 April to disclose gender pay figures
Wide variations in what men and women are paid by pub groups have been revealed on the Government’s website looking at the gender pay gap.

None of the main groups appear to pay more to women than men. There are also differences between the groups in how many women they employ in senior jobs, and in bonus payments, according to the website.

Largest sector pay gap

Among the bigger pub groups, the largest gap between men's and women's pay was found at EI Group. The mean hourly rate for women is 47% lower than it is for men. In other words, when comparing mean hourly rates, women earn 53p for every £1 that men earn, the website explained.

Mean hourly pay percentage gaps between women and men. In all cases women are paid less than men.


Stonegate: 10.3%

Ei: 47%

Bermondsey: 7%

Marstons: 23.9%

Greene King: 16.1%

Heineken: 13%

Punch: 43%

Mitchells and Butlers Leisure Retail Group: 26.1%

JD Wetherspoon: 5.2%

The group also has the fewest number of highest paid women within its ranks, at just 16%. However, its bonus payment system is among the best, with 87% of its female employees and 86% of its men paid a bonus.

By contrast, female employees of EI’s fully managed Bermondsey Pub Company are paid 7% less than men. Some 31% of the most highly paid employees in the chain are women. Just 2% of women and 3% of men are paid bonuses, however.

Smallest gender pay gap

Of the main pub groups, JD Wetherspoon appears to be the one with the smallest gender pay gap. While women’s mean pay is still 5.2% less than men's, 45% of the highest paid employees are women. Bonus payments are split equally between men and women, with 87% of employees receiving them.

Of the pub groups listed on the website most showed that women are paid more than 10% less than men.

This figure is even more than findings by hospitality recruiter The Change Group that revealed last month that women working in pubs are paid on average £2,279 or 8.4% less than men, although it is not clear if the same calculation method as the Government website was used.

Equivalent work

Commenting on its gender pay gap, Ei Group said it was confident that men and women are paid equally for equivalent work across the business and that principle has been tested.

While confident of equal pay for work of equal value, it said it recognises that there is a gender pay gap primarily driven by more men occupying senior roles. It said it was committed to equal opportunities and believes it has created an entirely non-discriminatory working environment.

Three out of eight of the most senior managers at EI, and two out of six of the executive management group immediately below board level, are women.

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