The Walt Disney Company UK, which employs 1,592, has a mean figure of 22% and a median figure of 15.8%. This compares to national mean gap of 17.4% and a median gap of 18.4%. The gap widens further when it comes to bonuses with mean taking home mean bonuses of 41.9% more than women and 14.4% on a median basis.
Meanwhile, at its retail stores, which employ 1,284 in the UK, its mean wage gap is 19.8% and 13.5% on a median basis. Its bonus gap is 77.2% on a mean basis and 23.2% on a median basis.
This compares with NBC Universal, which has a mean pay gap of 3.2% and 6.2% on a median basis, while Viacom’s Channel 5 pays women 2.85% more than men on a mean basis and production group Endemol Shine UK, which has no gender pay gap.
Disney claimed that it takes a “holistic” approach to addressing and ensuring gender equality in its workforce. “We are proud of the percentage of women we employ across the organisation and that we compensate and promote people based on their roles, experience and performance. The statistics included in the gender pay gap measurement are not reflective of that holistic approach as they only measure the difference between average pay for men and women across a workforce as a whole,” it noted.
It added that it believes that the gender pay gap does not take into account broader impacts such as whether men and women are paid the same for similar jobs and the complexities of a workforce within a multi-faceted organisation including technical expertise and differing responsibilities and experience.
“We believe that equal pay is a more insightful measurement. Why? Because we are confident that at The Walt Disney Company UK, men and women are paid equally and fairly for doing the same job. We benchmark our compensation internally and externally and look at the skills, expertise, qualifications, experience and tenure of each candidate to establish appropriate compensation. It is also important to note that we are already making progress on our gender pay gap since the data in this report was collected. Our gap is, in large part, driven by a disparity between men and women at the most senior executive level in the organisation,” it said in its official filing to the government.