Arsenal have released their first ever Gender Pay Gap report analysing the difference in pay between male and female employees.
Unsurprisingly, male employees of Arsenal Football Club earn more than their female counterparts, whether playing staff are included or not. Men make up 73% of the workforce.
As things stand, including players, there is a 79.6% gap in pay between men and women at the club. That drops to 16.8% when players are taken out of the equation, but that’s still higher than the national average of 13.9%.
The median gender pay gap in hourly pay in hourly pay is in favour of females and is significantly lower than the 2016 national median of 18.1% in favour of males.
While football has a long history of being a male-dominated environment the club, acknowledging that there are few women in higher positions at the Emirates, have promised to set targets in an effort to measure their progress in closing the gender pay gap.
The pledges include:
- Increasing diversity across all levels of the club; actively seeking to attract and recruit women
- Continuing to encourage more flexible working and ensuring we promote more agile working
- Increasing diversity in sernior level roles by ensuring shortlists include men and women
- Continuing to ensure Arsenal is a club where diversity is at the centre of how the club operates.
Given the rate at which player wages are being inflated in the men’s game, there’s a fairly high chance that the gap, when taking the first team, academy and coaches into account, could well widen in the years to come. Off the pitch, there is room for real improvement and it’s good to see the club acknowledge that.