Gender pay gap in construction revealed

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Thousands of employers across the UK construction industry with over 250 staff have been required to publish their gender pay gap figures, as the government hopes to uncover the barriers preventing women from reaching the top

Laing O’Rourke has recorded the lowest disparity in pay between men and women among the UK’s top 30 main contractors.

Construction ranks as one of the worst industries for pay inequality with women paid 36% less than men on average.

The first returns by leading main contractors have revealed that Laing O’Rourke is considerably ahead on pay equality with women on average paid just under 9% less than men.

Companies had to file data based on a “snapshot” of their payroll taken on 5 April 2017.

The discrepancy among major players is widened as fewer women are among the top earners in the industry.

This appears to have affected BAM Construct which recorded the highest pay gap and women accounting for 68% of the lowest quartile of earners in its workforce.

The listing of the top 30 main contractors compiled by the Enquirer is ranked by the median, which gives a good sense of where a company is overall, the mean figures will include the outliers with large salaries.

Main contractor pay gap reports

Hourly rate % lower than men % of women in pay quartile
Mean Median Highest paid Lowest Paid
Laing O’Rourke Services 6.6 8.8 9.8 13.4
Ferrovial Agroman UK 20.6 20.7 18 54
Kier Ltd 27 26 12.0 39.0
Skanska UK plc 27.2 26.7 10.9 36.8
Costain Eng & Con 26.6 27 9.9 43.6
BAM Nuttall 26.2 27.7 7.0 33.0
Keepmoat Ltd 19.6 28.5 28 48
Interserve Construction 30.3 29.7 4 27.6
Sir Robert McAlpine 29.4 30 7.4 27.5
VolkerWessels UK 38.2 30.5 9.1 32
Balfour Beatty Group Emp 27 33 7.0 31.0
Wates Group Services 29.5 33 10.0 39.8
Lendlease Construction Europe 30.4 33 6 33
Morgan Sindall Group 31 33 8.0 31.0
Galliford Try Emp 30.7 33.2 9.3 36.7
Geoffrey Osborne 36 34.2 8 48
Ardmore Construction 31 35 12 40
John Graham Construction 37.4 36.8 7 36.6
Buckingham Group 30.4 38.4 2.7 33.6
Mace 34.5 39.9 7 48
ISG Construction 34.7 40.5 4.8 41.9
Bouygues UK 31.6 40.9 11.6 54.5
Willmott Dixon Construction 35.5 43.5 4.7 42.5
John Sisk 37.3 44.5 5 46
Bowmer & Kirkland 37.3 44.6 5 35
Multiplex Europe 43 47.2 5 43.6
Vinci Construction UK 43.6 48.5 7.0 55.1
McLaren 48 51 2.8 43.4
Midas Group 49.2 51.5 1.0 48.6
BAM Construct UK 46.9 59.6 7.4 68.0

 

The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire company so the mean gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between women’s mean hourly wages and men’s mean hourly wages.

The median hourly rate is calculated by ranking all employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid, and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle; therefore the median gender pay gap is the difference between women’s median hourly wage (the middle paid woman) and men’s median hourly wage (the middle paid man).

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