Hachette UK releases results of ethnicity pay gap report
Hachette UK has published an ethnicity pay gap report that compares the average wage earnings of the company’s Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff to the average earnings of its white employees, reports the Bookseller.
According to data collected in April 2018, BAME employees at Hachette UK earned a median of two percent more than white employees, but a mean of 18.7% less, while across the entire Hachette Group, BAME staff earned a median of 6.9% more than white employees, but a mean of 9.8% less.
Regarding bonuses, 90.9% of white Hachette UK staff received a bonus, compared to 89.5% of BAME staff. The median and mean bonus ethnicity pay gaps are 70.9% and 9.9% respectively, in favour of BAME employees.
The company emphasised that the numbers are based on a very small data pool: only 83 (10.4%) out of Hachette UK’s 831 employees are people of colour, compared to the UK-wide BAME population of 14%, as per the 2011 census. The results of the report show that Hachette’s BAME employees primarily work in IT and finance roles; accordingly, the publisher is aiming to increase BAME representation in editorial and publishing roles, with a target of 15% BAME staff across the entire Hachette Group workforce in the next five years.
Hachette UK diversity and inclusion manager Saskia Bewley said: ‘There’s a cultural piece [to the jigsaw of what we are doing], ensuring that when we have BAME colleagues we understand what their experiences are; the BAME umbrella incorporates many different identities and we hope to develop more intersectional approaches so we can understand what sort of experiences people are having within the company and how to support our colleagues.’
The ethnicity pay gap report comes after the release of UK government regulated gender pay gap reports for all companies with 250 or more employees; Hachette UK’s report showed that its female employees earn on average 20.1% less than their male counterparts.