DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I) has reported a median gender pay hole for its British-based employees of 67 p.c, the widest amongst massive airways that have needed to disclose the distinction in earnings below new laws.
British-based employers are below heightened scrutiny over their pay constructions and firms with greater than 250 employees have to report their gender pay hole by April four to the Government Equalities Office.
Compared with different airways that function within the United Kingdom, Ryanair’s imply pay hole outstripped low-cost rival easyJet (EZJ.L), the place it stood at 51.7 p.c, and British Airways (ICAG.L), the place it was 35 p.c.
The aviation business has a selected subject with gender equality because the overwhelming majority of pilots are males. Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost service, mentioned solely eight out of its 554 pilots primarily based within the United Kingdom are girls.
A majority of its 1,182 UK employees which might be categorised as being in both the decrease center or decrease wage band are additionally girls, Ryanair mentioned on Tuesday.
Ryanair, whose largest base is at London’s Stansted Airport, employs just below 10 p.c of its employees within the United Kingdom. Its administration and administration employees are largely primarily based in its home market of Ireland.
“Like all airlines, our gender pay in the UK is materially affected by the relatively low numbers of female pilots in the aviation industry,” Ryanair mentioned in a presentation of the info printed on its web site.
“In recent years, the number of female pilots applying to Ryanair has increased and we are committed to developing this welcome trend. It is a feature of the aviation industry that more males than females choose to enter the pilot profession.”
Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Mark Potter