Reckitt Benckiser Group reveals global pay gaps

Reckitt Benckiser Group has published its gender pay report for 2020 – and for the first time it includes figures for 10 countries, covering 70% of its workforce.

The findings revealed that in the UK median pay for a female employee was 6.1% ‘more’ than her male equivalent, up from the 3.8% reported a year earlier. However, the overall mean gender pay gap was 5.1% in favour of men.

The mean gender pay gap has reduced though, falling from the 6.8% recorded in 2019.

According to the Reckitt Benckiser Group – which owns brands including Dettol, Clearasil and Durex – the higher pay for women can be explained by a large proportion – around one-fifth – of its workforce being employed in manufacturing. These jobs are dominated by lower-paid men and therefore contribute to the pushing the median pay more towards women.

The report found the median gender bonus gap dropped from 19.6% in 2019 to -17.1% in favour of women at the organisation, while the mean bonus gap had decreased from 73.8% in 2019 to 58.2% in 2020 in favour of men.

Commenting on the data, Ranjay Radhakrishnan, chief human resources director Reckitt Benckiser Group, said: “While no company can be happy with a gender pay gap, Reckitt’s 2020 gender pay data compares favourably with the national picture.”

He added: “Our full and part-time Reckitt median pay gap is -6.1% compared to 15.5% UK nationally, and although we’re progressing well with gender balance among our overall management population, our D&I [diversity and incluision] focus needs to drive this change across all levels, including senior leadership.”

According to the report 76% of men work in manufacturing, compared to 24% of women, with 43% of women and 46% of men receiving a bonus payment.

Salma Alloub, Reckitt’s total reward manager, said: “The impact of the manufacturing demographic will push some measures in favour of women. This is particularly the case when you look at the ‘median’ – the comparison of the people who come in the middle between the lowest and highest earners.”

She added: “But instead of dwelling on individual statistics, it’s important to look at trends over a period of time. We use the gender pay results, as well as other data points, to inform our diversity and inclusion strategy, so it’s important to understand and assess how these materialise over the medium term.”

Other countries reported on included the USA, Brazil, China, Russia, Poland and India.

In India, Reckitt Benckiser revealed a 0% male-female median gender pay gap, while in Poland it was 22.3% in favour of men, and in Indonesia it was 50.6% in favour of men.