Ove Arup reports 14.6% mean gender pay gap

Ove ArupEngineering, architecture and advisory services firm Ove Arup has published its UK 2022 pay gap report, which revealed that its latest mean gender pay gap was 14.6%, a slight rise from 2021.

The organisation’s median gender pay gap also increased slightly, from 15.7% in 2021 to 15.8% this year, but has reduced by 0.9 percentage points since it began reporting in 2017. Ove Arup stated that despite these increases, representation of women rose for the sixth consecutive year, from 33% in 2017 to 38.8% in 2022.

The business’ mean gender bonus gap was 34.7%, and its median gap was 26.9%, with 93% of both men and women receiving a bonus this year.

Ove Arup’s mean ethnicity pay gap for 2022 widened from 11.6% to 12.2%, while its median ethnicity pay gap reduced from 11.3% in 2021 to 10.5% in 2022. Its mean ethnicity bonus gap was 37.8%, and its median was 23.6%, with 95% of white employees and 91% of ethnic minorities receiving a bonus this year.

Arup voluntarily reported its ethnicity pay gap for the first time in 2021, and this year’s pay gap data was based on disclosures from 78% of employees. Over the past year, the proportion of ethnic minority staff members grew from 15.9% to 16.8% in 2022.

Jerome Frost, chair of the UK, India, Middle East and Africa regions at Ove Arup, said: “As this report shows, we’ve continued to address the female underrepresentation across our industry and our workforce over the last 12 months, but there is more to do.

“We have clear targets, and while we know that it won’t be easy to achieve them, we’re committed to leading the change we want to see through embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do, removing barriers to career progression and nurturing talent by offering development opportunities at all career levels.”