Gender pay gap narrows at Clays Printers

Gender pay gap narrows at Clays Printers

Clays Printers has narrowed its gender pay gap, according to its most recent report

According to the latest data submitted to the government ahead of the April deadline, women at Clays Printers earned 29% less than men per hour, compared to 36.7% less the previous year, according to the median calculation - the difference in pay between the middle-ranking man and the middle-ranking woman. 

Women’s mean hourly wage - the average hourly wage across the entire organisation - remained 24% lower than men’s for the second year running. 

Clays c.e.o. Paul Hulley told The Bookseller: "The gender pay gap has narrowed but it's difficult for us. We are a manufacturing business with aproximately 550 people in the factory. It's print, it's something of a man's world and the highest paid people in the business are the people in the factory, if we take away senior management, so there is a gender pay gap. The only way we could counter that is to attract more women into print but we have a very low churn of less than 5% a year. So the gender pay gap is better, but it is a slow burn." 

The Suffolk-based printer was bought by Italian printers Elcograf S.p.A for £23.8m last year following a "rollercoaster period" which saw profit warnings and no bonuses paid. 

No bonuses were paid in in the year up to 5th April 2018, eliminating the bonus pay gap which in the 2017 report saw women earn 0p for every £1 that men earned when comparing median bonus pay. According to last year’s report no women received a bonus and just 1% of male employees did. 

Men continue to dominate the highest pay bracket with just 2% of women in the top quarter for the second year running. Women account for 6% of the upper middle quarter, 13% the lower middle quarter and and 42% of the lowest paid for a second year. 

All employers with more than 250 staff are required by law to report their gender pay gaps by 4th April, with the majority of publishers and retailers in the book industry yet to do so. However Pearson, the British Library, Hachette, Springer Nature, Wiley and W H Smith have all disclosed theirs.