Recent figures published revealed that discount supermarket chain, Aldi, has a 4.8% gender pay gap, although they have stated that all of its employees are paid based on the role they undertake and their length of service, with “no other factors, including gender” taken into consideration.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK median gender pay gap is 18.4%.
The figures come shortly after supermarket giant Tesco reported a median pay disparity of 8.7%.
However, Tesco said its gender pay gap fell to 2.7% when pay premiums – night, bank holiday or Sunday shifts that attract a higher rate of pay and are more popular with male staff – were taken out of the equation.
Aldi claimed that the majority of its pay gap is the result of more men than women being in store management positions. While men took up 70% of roles in its upper pay quartile – which encompasses store management positions – the split between men and women across the upper middle, lower-middle and lower pay quartiles remained almost even.
It gave the example of its graduate area sales managers, who all join the company on a £44,000 salary regardless of any other factors.
James Hutcheson, managing director of Aldi UK, said that this was the same approach Aldi took for all of its other roles, which he claimed made it “one of the few retailers that pay male and female colleagues exactly the same at every level of [its] business”.
Hutcheson added: “While we have always ensured colleagues have access to the same opportunities and recognise there are a number of factors outside of our control, such as an employee’s personal choice of working hours to suit their individual circumstances, we recognise that there is more we can do to address our gender pay gap. This is something we are absolutely committed to.
“Aldi has always been an organisation where people can thrive and develop regardless of their gender or background and we will continue to offer fair, equitable pay to all colleagues.”
Aldi workers bonus structure is not based on individual performance to male or female staff, which meant there was no inequality in bonus pay.
Hutcheson said Aldi had established the Women in Aldi Forum to look at aspects of gender diversity and representation across the business.
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