EasyJet, the discount airline, has revealed that men at the company earn on average 51.7 percent more than women, one of the highest gender pay gaps reported so far in the U.K. as part of new government transparency requirements.
Under the new rules, companies with more than 250 employees have to report their gender pay gap by April 2018. So far 263 companies have responded out of an expected 9,500 eligible.
In its report, EasyJet wrote that the discrepancy is “strongly influenced by the salaries and gender make-up of its pilot community, which makes up over a quarter of its U.K. employees. Pilots are predominantly male and the higher salaries, relative to other employees, significantly increases the average male pay at EasyJet.”
The average salary of an EasyJet pilot is 92,400 pounds ($123,086) compared with 24,800 pounds ($33,036) for cabin crew staff.
The gap between men’s and women’s pay at EasyJet is higher than what’s been reported so far by financial services companies including Virgin Money, Aldermore and the TSB, which are all around the 30 percent level.
Last week the Bank of England reported a 21 percent average gender pay gap.
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