Posted 13th April

Gender pay gap among large kitchen retailers revealed

By KBBDaily on 13th April 2018 - 12:58pm
Kitchens and Money Matters

Insight into the gender pay gap among large kitchen retailers has revealed that Wren Kitchens is the “only retailer among top UK kitchen specialists to have no pay gap” in terms of median hourly rate, with women’s mean hourly rate sitting at 3.3% lower than men’s at the company.

According to Wren, it is part of the 8% of companies in the UK to report no median gender pay gap. The company noted that the “majority of top kitchen retailers” reported under the median pay gap of 9.7%.

Ikea has reported a mean pay gap of 6.9% – which it says is a “significantly smaller gap than the UK average of 17.4%, and retail sector average of 16.4%” – as well as a median gap of 6.1%.

Wickes Building Supplies reported a mean gap of 10.8% and median pay gap of 1.2%, while Benchmarx Kitchen and Joinery reported a mean gap of 6.9% and median gap of 4.8%. Magnet stated an 11.5% mean gender pay gap and 4.4% median gap, while John Lewis’s mean gap was 13.9% and its median gap was 7.8%.

Howden Joinery reported a mean pay gap of 8.5% and median gap of 1.5%. Lastly, while B&Q said its mean and median pay gaps were 8.8% and 2%, respectively, its owner Kingfisher reported a considerably higher mean pay gap of 17.8% and median gap of 31.1%.

“I am pleased to report that Wren Kitchens has no [median] gender pay gap, making us the lowest in the kitchen industry and within a group of just 8% of companies nationally that don’t report a pay gap,” said Wren Kitchens finance director Alex Grant.

Carin Hammer Blakebrough, Ikea country HR manager for UK and Ireland, said: “We welcome the gender pay gap regulation as it leads to greater transparency and encourages action from businesses across the UK to reduce the gap. We want to eliminate the gender pay gap and continue to nurture an environment where each co-worker has an opportunity to strive.

“We have a global 50/50 gender split target and we’re proud to have already achieved this across our entire UK organisation. Since the data for our report was collected, we’ve hired more women to our country management team bringing the total to seven women and five men.”

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