In accordance with the reporting requirements contained in the Equalities Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 we set out below the Gender Pay Gap in the two reportable employing entities of Ei Group plc, as at the snapshot date of 5 April 2018.
At Ei Group plc we continue to believe in equality and are confident that men and women are paid equally for equivalent work across the business and we continue to test that principle to ensure it is so.
The gender pay gap is the difference in average pay and bonuses for all men and women across an organisation. Whilst we remain confident that we have equal pay for work of equal value, we recognise that there is a gender pay gap under the prescribed definition. This is primarily driven by more male employees occupying senior roles compared to female employees and the lower representation of males in the more junior positions.
We remain committed to equal opportunities and believe that we have created an entirely non-discriminatory working environment. Our recruitment policy and guidance is underpinned by our vision and values and operates to ensure that all employees are recruited, developed, promoted and remunerated on the basis of their skills and job suitability. Internal progression is something that we are proud to champion and we continue to hold the Gold accreditation by Investors in People. During 2018, and continuing in 2019, we have increased the number of internal development programmes available to all our people and across all of our businesses to support the development of our own talent and to provide real career development and opportunities to cross over to our new business and or progress internally.
At the highest level in the Group we are mindful of the issues of diversity, including gender diversity. We have two female directors serving on our Board representing 28.6% of the Board who lead a business where over 40% of our growing workforce in the wider group are female. We promote applications for flexible working, where most requests do come from female employees, to ensure that we can retain and grow talent in the business.
7 February 2019