H&M’s UK arm has posted an 8.1% mean pay gap between its male and female employees, according to the latest government data on gender pay.
The mean hourly rate was 8.1% lower for women in 2017 than it was for men, and 3.9% lower on a median basis.
On a snapshot date of 5 April 2017, H&M employed 9,907 people in the UK, 78% of whom were female.
H&M said: “As a fashion retailer, most of our employees in stores are female […], while our support office, where salaries are higher, has more of a balance of female and male employees. It is these employees that most likely have driven the results to create a small gender pay gap.
“We are confident that we do not have a gender pay gap across our stores and any differences can mainly be found in our support and area office functions where there are a higher percentage of men working in senior roles.
“A lot of these roles are individual to the person and cannot be compared to another to measure pay[,] however where this can be achieved we will identify this as part of our salary benchmarking project.”
H&M, which owns COS, Weekday, Monki, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories and Arket as well as its namesake retailer, is the latest company to publish its gender pay gap figures.