British Airways announces gender pay gap figures

British Airways has released its Gender Pay Gap figures, the company said.

The airline´s statistics show that the median hourly pay difference between men and women is 10 per cent, compared to the national average of 18.1 per cent*.

The airline´s median bonus pay difference is -19 per cent, which, using this calculation, means that the bonus pay gap favours women.

Of British Airways´ workforce 46 per cent of employees are female and 54 per cent are male. The airline employs women in many areas that traditionally have been male-dominated, including pilots, engineering and roles within the ramp team, such as baggage handling and aircraft loading.

British Airways recognises there is more work to do on gender pay balance; one area of focus is its pilots, who attract high levels of pay and are overwhelmingly male. When pilots are excluded from the calculations, the pay gap favours women by one per cent.

Gender pay gap refers to the difference between men´s and women´s average earnings across the organisation, expressed as a percentage of men´s earnings. The gender pay gap in the UK is 18.1 per cent.