A piece in today’s Evening Standard. The paper has reported an average (mean) gender pay gap of 12.8 per cent in favour of men, and an average (median) gender pay gap of 5.8 per cent in favour of women. Anyone familiar with this subject will be aware that the first figure is utterly meaningless – albeit often used by feminists to demand ‘something must be done’ – while the latter figure is at least an indicator of the pay gap between men and women as classes in an organization, although it says nothing about all the factors that cause the gap.
The paper’s female employees are already earning more than its male employees, by the second measure. End of story? No. Women must be advanced, even when they’re already ahead of men. The end of the article:
George Osborne, Editor of the Evening Standard, said: “We’re working hard to promote more women and create a diverse working culture.
“While our average gender pay gap is lower than most other media organisations, and it’s great news that the median pay of women is actually higher than men here, there’s still lots more work to do. I am confident we’re heading in the right direction.”
Manish Malhotra, managing director of the Evening Standard’s owner ESI Media Group, said: “We are committed to recruiting more women into senior roles and developing an easier pathway for women to progress.
“Initiatives to help us achieve that goal include a commitment to ensuring women are shortlisted for senior jobs, anonymised CVs, improved maternity benefits and more flexible working for men and women.”
William Collins’s important blog piece on the gender pay gap is here. Spoiler alert:
The median gender pay gap is in favour of women for part-time employees, and has been for 20 years. Post-tax, for full-time employees, the gap has been in favour of women for a number of years.