Understanding Disney’s Gender Pay Gap in the UK


Nov. 20 2020, Updated 4:45 p.m. ET

22% pay gap in favor of men in the UK

Male employees at Walt Disney’s (DIS) British unit earned more on average than their female counterparts in 2017, according to the company’s gender pay gap report sent to the Government Equalities Office in the UK. The report shows that across the entire workforce—which totals almost 3,000 workers—Disney’s male employees earned 22.0% more on average than its female employees.

However, the pay gap in favor of men doesn’t necessarily mean that Disney systematically pays men more than women for comparable jobs. Instead, the gender pay gap seems to arise from having more men occupying higher-paid senior positions. Nevertheless, Disney said it was making progress toward closing the gender pay gap.

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Apple reports pay gap at UK operations

Having more men occupying senior roles also resulted in gender pay gaps at companies such as Apple (AAPL) and Thomson Reuters (TRI). Apple paid its male workers 5.0% more on average than their female counterparts at its British operations in 2017. Thomson Reuters’ pay gap was nearly 17.0% in favor of men in 2017.

Sky’s gender pay gap

Sky, the European broadcaster that 21st Century Fox (FOX) and Comcast (CMCSA) are vying to acquire, also reported a gender pay gap in favor of men in 2017 in the UK.

Comcast’s NBCUniversal reported a 3.2% pay gap in favor of men at its British operation. All3Media, a media production and distribution entity backed by Discovery Communications (DISCA) and Liberty Global (LBTYA), reported a 13.5% pay gap in favor of men.


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