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Gender pay gap: how do kitchen retailers fare?

Wren Kitchens retail store 725 x 500

Wednesday 4th April marked the deadline set by The Equalities and Human Rights Commission for all companies, charities and public sector bodies with more than 250 employees.

Yesterday (5th April), the EHRC revealed that more than 1,500 companies have failed to report their gender pay gap figures but of those who did (more than 10,000 firms), more than three-quarters of the UK companies pay male employees more on average than female employees.

In total, just 8% said they have no pay gap between men and women, including the kitchen manufacturer and retail specialist Wren Kitchens.

Home Improvement chain Wickes reported a 1.2% gap between male and female employees and Kingfisher plc, which owns B&Q, reported a 2.5% gender pay gap for all UK staff, including B&Q, Screwfix and Head Office functions.

Alex Grant, Finance Director at Wren Kitchens told us,

“I am pleased to report that Wren Kitchens has no gender pay gap making us the lowest in the kitchen industry and within a group of just 8% of companies nationally that don’t report a pay gap.”

Kitchen retailers who have currently reported their gender pay gap to EHRC

Company

Gender Pay Gap

% of females who make up higher-paid jobs

% of females who make up lower-paid jobs

Wren Kitchens

0%

27%

27.6

Wickes Building Supplies Limited

1.20%

32%

43%

Howden Joinery

1.5%

25.4%

31.4%

Magnet Limited

4.4%

21%

38%

Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery

4.80%

18%

21%

Ikea Limited

6.10%

44.9%

57.1%

John Lewis PLC

7.80%

44%

63%

Kingfisher PLC (B&Q owners)

2.5%

37.3%

46.9%

View Kingfisher PLC's gender pay gap publication, here

Source : Wren Kitchens & Kingfisher PLC

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08 April 2018

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