At Solvay Solutions UK Ltd, we are confident that our male and female employees who work in the same or similar jobs are paid equally. However, Solvay does have a gender pay gap for the reasons explained below.
New figures for 2018 show that the gender pay gap for 2018 was 9.6% compared to 13.9% in 2017. This means that the average hourly pay rate for men is now 9.6% higher than for women.
The new lower figure should not be considered as the start of a significant trend towards reducing the gender pay gap, we anticipate that the gap will steadily reduce in the long term but will fluctuate year to year due to a variety of factors.
Chemical manufacturing has been a traditionally male dominated industry; hence a larger number of men are still employed in higher paying technical or managerial jobs. The majority of our staff who work shifts, for example process operators, are also male and these factors are reflected in the gender pay gap.
Solvay’s experience is that although more women have been joining the industry in recent years, we have a very low staff turnover with the average length of service per employee being 25-30 years. In fact, one staff member has recently left our employment after completing over 51 years of service.
Since job vacancies do not occur very often, the growing number of women in the chemical industry has not been reflected strongly in our business yet. However, when job vacancies do occur, Solvay remains committed to evaluating individual applicants solely on their merits without any regard to sexuality, race, age, disability, gender reassignment, religion and gender.
As a company, we remain committed to promoting careers within chemical manufacturing to both males and females. In line with this, Solvay Oldbury continues to host a number of site visits designed to educate and inspire schoolchildren and university students about its work.
The 2018 lower figure is likely to be related to a number of technical factors. Firstly, there has been a slight change in the ratio of male and female staff. In 2017, there were 217 men and 51 women, compared to 206 men and 53 women in 2018.
There have also been significant fluctuations in the ratio of men and women in roles that fall into the higher pay quartiles. For example, 33.8% of women were in the highest paid jobs at Solvay Solutions UK Limited in 2018, compared to 19.4% in 2017. A total of 66.2% of men fell into that category in 2018 compared to 80.6% in 2017.
In addition, a slightly larger proportion of women (34.5%) received a bonus compared to 33.3% of men.
Solvay knows that it will take a long time to fully address the gender pay gap imbalance in our industry and company, however, we are committed to offering equal opportunities to both men and women.
Solvay Solutions’ Gender Pay Gap Statistics
The mean gender pay gap in hourly pay is 9.6%
The median gender pay gap in hourly pay is 11.4%
The mean bonus gender pay gap is 14.7%
The median bonus gender pay gap is 1.3%
The proportion of males and females receiving a bonus payment is: Men –33.3%and women – 34.5%
The proportion of males and females in each pay quartile
Men – 66.2%
Upper Middle Quartile
Men – 86.2%
Women – 13.8%
Lower Middle Quartile
Men – 87.7%
Women – 12.3%
Men – 78.1%
Women – 21.9%
13 May 2019