HarperCollins releases its first ethnicity pay gap report | The Bookseller
The gender gap report, which uses snapshot data from 5th April 2021, showed women make up 68% of HarperCollins’ workforce. This year, the company reduced its mean gender pay gap by 4.2% points to 11.1%, and the median gender pay gap by 4.4% points to 4.4%.
HarperCollins said it was “pleased” at the progress made to ensure a more representative gender split across our organisation, with 64% women in the upper quartile, up 3% points on the last report and up 7% points since the publisher first reported its gender pay gap figures.
The median bonus gap was 11.2%, down from 26.7% last year. The mean bonus gap was 43.5%, down from 49.4% last year. HarperCollins stressed this was largely down to the fact that 20% of women work part time compared to 4% of men, and unlike the gender pay gap, the bonus pay gap is not assessed pro-rata, and therefore the average payment to women appears lower.
However, those taking parental and maternity leave from January 2022 will receive their full bonus payment. The publisher has also committed to focusing on pay transparency this year to help support career development and progression at the company.