Difference in mean pay 18.13% Difference in mean bonus pay -52%
Difference in median pay 22.24% Difference in median bonus pay -8%
Percentage of men and women who received bonus pay in the relevant period Male Female
3.5% 1.6%
Percentage of men and women in the quartile bands: Upper; Upper Middle, Lower Middle, Lower Male Female
U 78% 22%
UM 90% 10%
LM 66% 34%
L 60% 40%

The data collated shows a gender pay gap of 18.13%. The data simply shows the difference in earnings between male and female staff, which is largely due to the majority of the workforce being male (predominantly factory staff) Male and female staff receive equality of pay for carrying out work at a similar or comparable level.

G Plan is part of the Sofa Brands International Group. In order to address our gender pay gap across the Group, we plan to focus on apprenticeship schemes both within our highly skilled areas of manufacturing such as upholstery, and across all supervisory/management roles, which we hope with increase the number of females employed at a senior level over the next few years. Given the nature of the apprenticeship schemes, this will not be a quick fix, but we hope over the next few years will effectively narrow the gap.

As with many manufacturing industries, highly skilled jobs within upholstery have traditionally attracted male employees. Given the level of skills, expertise and craftsmanship, these roles attract higher salaries. However, we are pleased to now have our second female skilled upholsterer in the Group and we hope to attract more into our business.

In terms of recruitment practices, we encourage applications from female employees and plan to become involved in partnering with local Schools once we have established an apprenticeship route into the business, so that we again encourage interest in industry from both male and female applicants.