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William Hill signs pledge to close gender pay gap

William Hill commits to reducing pay gap from 17.19% to 10% by 2020

William Hill aims to cut its average gender pay gap from 17.19% to 10% by the year 2020.

The pledge follows the bookmaker’s revelation of the results of a recent company survey, in which 72% of women employed by the firm "agree" or "strongly agree" that it treats all employees fairly.

The median pay gap at William Hill is 5.71%, with media male hourly pay at £8.66 and female £8.17.

In the report, William Hill said that its mean male hourly pay currently stands at £10.88, compared to female pay of £9.01.

The bookmaker put this down to “imbalance at senior levels within the business” and has now pledged to ensure that women represent 30% of all senior staff at the firm by 2020.

Elsewhere, the median bonus gap stands at 17.68%, with male staff receiving a median bonus of £202 compared to females with £166, while the mean bonus gap is 55.96%, with the mean male bonus at £827 versus female staff with £364.

“We are actively seeking to attract women in to senior positions within the group, and have made several management-level female hires in the last 12 months and 27% of our group executive are now women,” William Hill said in a statement.

“Applying findings from research we have undertaken, our job adverts are now worded neutrally and do not use words or references that conjure masculine imagery.

“We are also commencing unconscious bias training to help interviewers identify unknown bias towards certain roles, and we regularly feature women in the Behind The Bet blog on our careers site.”

Chairman Roger Devlin, chief executive Philip Bowcock, group HR director Karen Myers and chief financial officer Ruth Prior have all signed the pledge to bring the pay gap down by 2020.

In addition, the bookmaker is aiming to increase the number of staff who believe it treats all employees fairly irrespective of gender, age, race, disability, religion or sexual orientation to at least 90%.

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