Gender pay gap in maritime: International Women’s Day

diverse group of colleagues discussing the pay gap

To mark International Women’s Day 2020 (8 March), Spinnaker are publishing a sneak peak of the latest gender pay gap statistics for UK maritime.

50 members of the Maritime HR Association, of which Spinnaker are secretariat, reported data for over 5,000 UK shore based positions in 2019. According to our statistics, the proportion of women employed within the UK maritime industry continues to rise – now at 52%. We are also delighted to see the proportion of ‘unknown’ unreported records decrease, now at a record low of 1%.

Gender diversity statistics from Spinnaker

Spinnaker have been calculating the gender pay gap for the industry since 2017, when the UK government introduced mandatory Gender Pay Reporting for businesses with over 250 employees. The gender pay gap considers the difference between the average earnings of men and women within the workforce rather than focusing on equal pay.

The maritime gender pay gap

In 2019 Spinnaker calculated men to be earning around 40% more than women in UK maritime (on average). However, a year on year comparison reveals a decrease in both the mean and median gender pay gap figures – thanks largely to a slow and steady increase in the representation of women in the upper pay quartiles.

Unfortunately, we see greater disparity when comparing bonus pay this year. While fewer bonus payments were made across the board, the female workforce were worst affected. Where bonuses were paid, they were of significantly lower value too (between 50-70% less).   

Bonuses in maritime

Understand how to calculate your gender pay gap and compare it to others here. Alternatively get in touch with a member of the team for advice on relevant diversity and inclusion initiatives on email or on +44 (0) 1702 481660).

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