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Latest Knauf Gender Pay Gap Report Shows Encouraging Signs


Knauf UK recently released its second Gender Pay Gap Report which shows an improvement in the results. Since 2017, companies in the UK which employ more than 250 staff have had to disclose the difference in pay between their male and female employees.


The latest data shows a narrowing of both the mean and median gender pay gap at Knauf; down by 2.5% and 2.6% respectively. The mean gender pay gap at Knauf UK is now 10.7%. This compares favourably with other UK manufacturing companies and across the UK economy as a whole.


Although the median gender pay gap is higher than the UK average, this is because more men than women work in factory production roles and are compensated for the unsociable working hours. However, this measure is down from the last report, suggesting that Knauf is moving in the right direction although we recognise there is still work to do.


More men (72.6%) than women (32.5%) at Knauf were paid a bonus. This is because there are more men working in management, production, technical and sales roles which attract a performance bonus whilst there were more women working in administration roles which are not included in the company bonus scheme. Knauf is keen to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity or gender, has an equal opportunity to thrive and progress in the organisation.


Knauf is committed to reducing its gender pay gap across all levels of the business and part of this work includes encouraging more women to apply for senior roles. As of 2018, Knauf now has a gender-balanced Senior Leadership Team and we are running a Women in Construction Campaign this year to inspire more women to pursue a career within our industry.


Commenting on the release of the report, HR & Sustainability Director Emma Delaney said: “The Gender Pay Gap Report is positive for us in many respects, but also highlights the challenges we face in our organisation and our industry, specifically in relation to improving female representation. We are committed to building upon the progress we have already made to promote equality and diversity within our organisation.”


 View Knauf’s Gender Pay Gap report here.

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