Established bookmaker clamps down on gender pay gap
William Hill has begun tackling the pay gap issue, following a company survey that was conducted. It showed that 72% of women that work with the company agree that the firm treats all employees justly.
In response to this, William Hill aims to cut the gap from 17.19% to 10% by 2020.
“We are actively seeking to attract women into 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.”
In the report, the bookmaker stated that the average male hourly pay is presently £10.88, while the female median pay stands at a lower £9.01.
William Hill concluded that the gap is a result of “imbalance at senior levels within the business”. The company has therefore pledged to make sure that there is at least a 30% female representation for all senior staff by 2020.
The overall average pay gap at the firm is 5.71%, with men earning an hourly pay of £8.66, and women at £8.17.
Chief executive Philip Bowcock, group HR director Karen Myers, Chairman Roger Devlin, and chief financial officer Ruth Prior have all signed in commitment to cutting the pay gap by the year 2020.
Additionally, the company is planning to bring the 72% of staff who trust that it treats all employees justly regardless of gender, disability, race, age, sexual orientation or religion up to a minimal of 90%.
William Hill is no stranger to making headlines, recently in the spotlight for its recruitment of Ulrik Bengtsson as chief digital officer.