Shell UK publishes 2017 gender pay gap report
Nov 30, 2017
London: The Shell Group of Companies in the UK (Shell UK) has today published its gender pay and bonus gap report for 2017. This report shows that in 2017 Shell UK has an average gender pay gap of 22.2%.
Commenting on the report, Shell UK Country Chair, Sinead Lynch said “Equal Pay ensures men and women are paid equally for work of equal value. Through our robust and non-discriminatory pay processes, we are confident we have equal pay, however, we do have a gender pay gap. Across all our employees in the UK, that pay gap is 22.2%. This means our average hourly rate for all our female employees is 22.2% lower than the average hourly rate for all our male employees.”
For Shell UK, there are two main reasons for the gender pay gap: fewer women in senior leadership positions, and fewer women working in technical or trading roles that attract higher levels of pay. Our gender pay gap also reflects wider societal norms. Globally women represent around one fifth of employees in the oil and gas sector. In the UK, only 25% of all graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are women, and in engineering and technology, this figure is just 14%.
Shell UK is making progress addressing this representation gap. Between 2005 and 2017, the percentage of women in senior management roles in the UK has risen from 12% to 26.8%. At the graduate level, 47% of graduate positions are now held by women.
Ronan Cassidy, Chief HR and Corporate Officer said “The publication of the UK data provides a good opportunity to take stock, and a good reminder of why it is important to maintain the momentum of efforts internally and externally and keep focus on the issue.”
“Our drive to gender balance started years ago. Are we where we aspire to be? No. But we should recognise the significant progress we have made, especially the marked change in gender balance at recruitment and the increase in senior leadership representation, and draw confidence from that for the future in driving gender representation towards critical mass. The Executive Committee and I remain passionately committed to improving gender balance across all our businesses.”
Shell UK is already working to bring gender balance to our workforce, and while we have made progress, there is still some way to go, as this report shows. We know it will take time and we will continue to tackle the root causes of imbalance. This includes sponsoring and engaging in STEM programmes for girls, working to eliminate any unconscious bias in our systems, processes and policies and continuing to foster a culture of inclusion at every level.
To read details of Shell UK’s gender pay gap report, go to www.shell.co.uk/genderpay
Notes for editors:
- Today’s report has been produced in accordance with the guidance on managing gender pay developed by the Arbitration and Conciliation Service (Acas).
- Men have traditionally made up the majority of the oil and gas sector workforce. This is reflected across each of the Shell companies in the UK and across Shell UK , where 67% of our employees are male and 33% female.
- There are two main reasons for Shell UK’s gender pay and bonus gaps: we have more men than women in senior positions, and women are under-represented in specialist roles such as petroleum engineering as well as in trading roles.
- These specialist positions often attract high levels of remuneration due to scarcity of skills or highly competitive markets.
- Bonus awards are gender neutral. However, in some businesses in the UK, such as trading, we see a greater bonus gap because of higher variable pay, reflecting market practice in that sector, and fewer women in these trading roles. These bonuses have a significant impact on both our UK average bonus gap and the average bonus gap for specific businesses.
- In fulfilling the UK regulatory requirements Shell UK’s 2017 gender pay gap report sets out specific gender pay gap data for the seven UK employing entities with 250 or more employees on 5 April 2017: Shell UK Limited, Shell UK Oil Products Limited, Shell International Trading & Shipping Co. Limited, Shell Shared Service Centre Glasgow Limited, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited, Shell International Limited and Shell Research Limited.
- The report also sets out the Shell UK consolidated pay and bonus gap data which includes for all 12 employing entities in the UK as a more meaningful representation of our UK organisation.
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