Millwall Football Club notes coverage in the media today of gender pay gap statistics from companies within different industries and wishes to provide greater clarity on its own figures.
Having been listed in the ‘top 10 worst offenders’, the club has reviewed its calculations provided to the government and has noted an error in both mean and median metrics. Those mistakes have been rectified with correct figures now supplied and the government’s system has been updated.
Unlike most other companies, Millwall, similarly to other football clubs, has a large number of more highly-paid male workers, made up of its professional footballers, and consequently the average wage, calculated firstly as a mean hourly rate, is disproportionate but also therefore easily explainable.
Initial figures suggest that the women’s median hourly pay rate is 80% lower than men’s at Millwall. The actual median hourly pay rate average, following the club’s recalculation, is equal between men and women and more fairly represents the position that exists at Millwall Football Club.
Money received by the players in bonuses over the course of last year, which includes promotion figures, has pushed up the average for men at the club and made bonuses for women look low in comparison.
The club is unwavering in its pursuit of complete fairness and equality in the workplace but believes that more work is needed on the gender pay gap to ensure that positive progress is not lost by the fact that figures can be skewed between different industries.
If you remove playing staff from the gender pay gap measurements, which should not be entirely unreasonable for a professional football club, then Millwall would prove to pay its female and male staff fairly and equally when compared in rank and seniority.