Sainsbury’s reports -1.6% mean ethnicity pay gap

Sainsbury'sSupermarket chain Sainsbury’s has reported a mean ethnicity pay gap of -1.6% for 2022, compared with -0.9% in 2021.

The employer’s median gap was -4%, compared with -2.8% the previous year. Its mean ethnicity bonus pay gap was 31.3%, up from 22% in 2021, and its median gap was 12.5%, up from 6.7%.

Sainsbury’s mean pay gap for black employees in 2022 was -0.4%, a slight change from 0% in 2021, and its median gap was -5.8%, compared with -4.2% the prior year. Its mean bonus pay gap for black employees was 44.4%, up from 39.0% in 2021 and its median gap was 11.4%, down slightly from 11.7% the previous year. A total of 87% of white, 78.1% of ethnically diverse and 77.2% of black employees received a bonus last year.

The retailer’s 2022 mean gender pay gap was 8.5%, unchanged from 2021, and its median gap was 6.3%, up from 4.7% the prior year. Last year, its highest pay quartile was made up off 37.9% women and 62.1% men, compared with 39.6% and 60.4% in 2021. Meanwhile, its lowest pay quartile consisted of 65.4% women and 34.6% men, from 65.3% and 34.7% the prior year.

Its 2022 gender bonus gap was 46.4%, up from 38.7% in 2021, and its median gap was 31.7%, up from 17.1% the previous year. A total of 86.3% of women and 83.9% of men received a bonus last year.

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Simon Roberts, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “This is our third year of voluntarily reporting our ethnicity pay gap, and specifically our Black staff pay gap. We recognise that part of the reason these pay gaps exist is because of representation at the more senior levels of our business and we remain committed to improving this through our continued focus on the development and progression of women and ethnically diverse colleagues.

“I’m proud of our work on delivering our diversity, equity and inclusion commitments as we continue to strive towards becoming a truly inclusive retailer.”