Four years since companies in the UK began revealing salary data, the art world’s gender pay gap remains
As at Bonhams, there is a focus on graduates and apprentices at Christie’s “to help broaden our talent base”, according to the spokesperson. In the US, Christie’s relaunched its summer internship programme with a class that was 63% female and 60% ethnically diverse. In March, the company launched its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fund, partnering with four organisations including the UK’s Art History Link Up, which aims to make the subject accessible to young people from different backgrounds.At Sotheby’s, the pay gap has marginally worsened since 2017/18 when it stood at 22.2%. In 2021/22, that figure stood at 24.9% (meaning women earned 75p for every pound men earned). The percentage of women in its top quartile has grown slightly from 47.6% to 49.6%, but the bonus pay gap has also risen from 16.7% to 20.3%. Excluding Sotheby’s chief executive Charles Stewart, there are 12 people on its executive committee, six of whom are female. A Sotheby’s spokesperson says the pandemic has had “no effect” on its gender pay gap “as we remain focused on recruiting and developing staff, and supporting women as they rise to greater responsibility and compensation in the organisation”.