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Coast, Warehouse and Oasis reveal gender pay figures

Coast, Warehouse and Oasis are the latest fashion retailers to disclose their gender pay gap data.

At occasionwear specialist Coast, the mean women’s hourly rate was 71.05% lower than it was for men – 40.26% lower on a median basis.

The high street retailer also reported a mean bonus pay gap of 92.85% (50% on a median basis.) A quarter of its female staff received a bonus, compared to 83% of male staff.

In its report, Coast said it was confident there are ”absolutely no inconsistencies” in the way it pays male and female employees for the same role, arguing  its gender pay gap data has been skewed by the larger proportion of men working in higher paid head office roles and the shape of its executive team.

The retailer said: “Those on the same, similar or equivalent roles are paid equally, however we have identified a pay gap which is driven by the nature of our business. Coast is a brand which designs clothes for women who want to look beautiful and feel amazing. As a result, we find that the majority of people who want to work for the brand are Coast customers themselves and therefore women.”

It added: “The disparity [between the percentage of male and female employees receiving a bonus] further highlights how the majority of our male population work within head office roles where the standard pay rates and opportunity to earn a bonus is higher than in retail roles.”

Coast employs 867 women and 12 men, seven of whom work in its London head office. Two of its three executives, managing director Andrew Skinner and creative director Neil Hendy, are male and one is female.

At Warehouse the mean women’s hourly rate was 16% lower than it was for men – 3% lower on a median basis. The retailer also said this should be considered in the context of its predominately female work force.

The high street retailer reported that mean bonus pay was 7.6% higher for female employees, but 59.7% lower on a median basis.

It employs 1,136 women and 32 men across England, Wales and Scotland. All of its leadership team is female.

At Oasis the mean women’s hourly rate was 37.5% lower than it was for men and 5.5% lower on a median basis.

Its mean bonus pay gap is 94.9% while the median bonus pay gap is 96.6%. Of its female employees, 0.5% received a bonus compared to 2.2% of its male employees.

The womenswear retailer said that although it employs a higher proportion of women than men across all levels of the business, male employees tend to be employed in more highly paid roles.

All three said they would develop attitudes towards flexible working, promote policies such as shared parental leave and review how and where vacant roles are advertised.

Businesses with more than 250 staff are legally required to report their gender pay gap disparity to the government by 4 April this year.

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