Marks & Spencer and John Lewis report gender pay gaps

Marks & Spencer and John Lewis are among the latest high street retailers to publish their gender pay reports in line with new government legislation.

Both retailers have disclosed their results ahead of the government’s April deadline, by which time any private sector company with more than 250 employees needs to publish data on its gender pay gap, along with details on the proportion of male and female employees and their gender bonus gap.

While it has been confirmed that women hold 66% of the highest paying positions at Marks & Spencer, the company has published a mean pay gap of 12%.

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While 66% of the top quartile jobs are currently filled by women, the company also reported that 74% of the lower quartile roles are occupied by female employees.

Meanwhile, the John Lewis Partnership has published a mean gender gap of 13.9%.

Across the group’s 65,000 junior workforce jobs, 61% are filled by females, while men make up 54% of the non-senior workforce and 60% of the senior leadership workforce.

John Lewis’ head of personnel, Tracey Killen, said it is the group’s priority to reduce its gender pay gap figures.

“One of the areas we will focus on is why a smaller proportion of our junior female workforce progress to senior levels. We want to work with Partners to help us understand the reasons and explore solutions. We will put our Gender Equality Network at the centre of this debate,” she added.

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