PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection body PRS For Music has slightly reduced its gender pay gap from last year, according to its latest statutory report on the issue, although it employed a marginally higher proportion of men than in 2017.
The figures, published in line with government legislation requiring businesses of over 250 employees to report their gender pay differences, show that the mean (average) pay for men is 16.8 per cent higher than for women, compared to 17.2 per cent in 2017.
The median, or midpoint, between the organisation’s highest and lowest paid men and women, has also fallen from 11.5 per cent in favour of men in 2017 to 9.7 per cent in 2018, a reduction of 1.8 per cent.
Gender differences are wider, however, when it comes to bonuses between the sexes. In 2017 the mean hourly pay gap for bonuses was 68.8 per cent in favour of men, compared to a fall in the mean to 63 per cent in 2018.
But the balance of employees in 2018 is 59.8 per cent men and 40.2 per cent women, compared to 58.5 per cent men and 41.5 per cent in 2017.
“Although we have seen a slight improvement, we have a continuing gender pay gap as there are fewer women in senior positions than men,” says PRS for Music human resources director Pamela Harding, adding that the organisation has started a programme to recognise unconscious bias and to support efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity.