Shell UK gender pay gap narrows slightly in 2020

by Reuters
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 11:05 GMT

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Shell also for the first time revealed that the average pay and bonuses for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees was 8.5% lower than non-BAME staff

By Ron Bousso

LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell's female employees in Britain earned 18% less on average than their male colleagues in 2020, with the pay gap slightly narrowing from the previous year.

In its annual UK diversity pay gap report, Shell also published for the first time data on ethnicity which revealed that the average pay and bonuses for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees was 8.5% lower than non-BAME staff.

Women represented 34% of the energy company's 6,000-strong British workforce in 2020, mostly due to the prevalence of men on offshore oil and gas facilities. BAME employees made up 21% of the workforce.

The gender pay gap stood at 18.7% in 2019, 18.6% in 2018 and 22.2% in 2017. Shell said it had achieved its ambition to have women in 30% of senior positions in the country.

Gender gap pay is defined as the difference in the average pay and bonuses of all men and women across an organisation.

"While we are making progress in building an inclusive workplace for all, we are not yet where we need to be," Shell UK country chair Sinead Lynch said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ron Bousso. Editing by Jane Merriman)