HarperCollins reports 15.3% mean gender pay gap

HarperCollins reports 15.3% mean gender pay gap

Publishing organisation HarperCollins has reported a mean gender pay gap of 15.3% for average hourly pay as at April 2020.

The organisation, which currently has more than 500 employees in the UK, disclosed its data in line with the government’s gender pay gap regulations.

The reporting rules require employers with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the gap in men and women’s mean and median bonus pay, the proportion of male and female employees awarded bonus payments, and the proportion of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower-middle, upper-middle and upper quartile pay bands.

HarperCollins’s median gender pay gap is 8.8% as at April 2020. On average, women earn 91p compared to every £1 their male counterparts earn.

Its median gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 26.7% compared to last year when the median bonus pay for women was 15.9% lower than for men. The mean gender pay gap for bonus payments is 49.4%, compared to 51.3% the previous year.

Over the reporting period, 81% of female employees and 88% male employees received bonus payments.

Three-fifths (61%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at HarperCollins are female, compared to 64% in the second quartile, 66% in the third quartile and 75% in the lowest pay quartile.

John Athanasiou, director of people at HarperCollins, said: “Becoming a truly inclusive organisation is a continuous way of being. Diverse and inclusive workforces, where everyone shares a sense of belonging and can reach their full potential, make better decisions and deliver better results.

“Reporting on our gender pay gap over the last few years, and the actions and learnings that have come from it, has helped drive positive change at HarperCollins, and I look forward to other initiatives and further action that will help us continue our journey.”