Gender pay gap reporting has led to a few embarrassments in industry since it became mandatory, with IKEA the latest global brand forced to admit to a gender pay gap of 6.1 per cent. The company’s survey found that men earned higher salaries in the retail business; however, women earned higher salaries on the distribution side. For the retail business, men earned 6.1 per cent more on average; in distribution, women earned 0.9 per cent more.

The furniture giant’s workforce comprises just over 50 per cent women, with 10,000 retail employees running the online e-commerce business and store network; in contrast, 17 per cent of the 900-strong staff in distribution are female. In the UK, IKEA’s distribution and retail businesses are separately registered, with senior managers falling within the retail arm.

Although a gender gap exists within IKEA, the disparity is less pronounced than the UK’s average gap of 18 per cent. John Lewis reported a gap of 7.8 per cent, while Debenhams only had a gender pay gap of 0.3 per cent. Mandatory gender pay reporting came in this April for companies with 250 staff or more. The government now requires these companies to submit official data for mean and median pay broken down by gender. Around 9,000 businesses fall within the eligibility category for this reporting, with those that missed the 4 April deadline potentially facing legal action.

Gender reporting is likely to continue to be a challenge for larger businesses in the UK, especially as these firms are then forced to deal with the implications of their pay awards and remuneration strategies of old. For SMEs and startups, the opportunity to offer true equality of pay is perhaps easier to deliver, especially with women entrepreneurs growing in number.

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