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Fulfilling “Our Social Promise”

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Data from Compass Group’s first ethnicity pay gap report for the UK shows a higher representation of ethnic minorities working in locations and roles with higher wages than the national average.

The report, which looked at gender and ethnic minority pay, calculated a ‘median pay gap’ of -7.9% which has continued to reduce from 16.6% to 12.6% when measured against a UK average of 14.9%.

Compass employs approximately 45,000 people across the UK and the report covers all of its business entities including Compass Group PLC UK employees. Last year it launched “Our Social Promise”, a commitment to support one million people from less advantaged and under-represented backgrounds. It has also set a target to be representative of society at all levels of its organisation from a gender, ethnicity and socio-economic perspective by 2030.

The group has published a roadmap for achieving greater equality and improving representation by providing employees with career development tools and opportunities for progression, offering the first rung on the ladder and “Career Pathways” to many thousands of people, supporting communities it operates in, and advocating fairer pay for all to support the next generation.

A recent survey indicates the vast majority of Compass employees believe they have equal career development opportunities.

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Report highlights

Ethnicity

  • Ethnicity median pay gap is -7.9%. This reflects that a higher representation of ethnic minorities are working in locations and roles which are higher paid.
  • 29% of our graduates come from minority backgrounds
  • 20% of apprentices coming from ethnic minority backgrounds

Gender

  • Representation of women at management levels has increased by 7% since 2019.
  • The current cohort of graduates is 73% female and apprentices are over 50% female including in culinary (which historically is under-represented)
  • The median gender pay gap has reduced by a quarter from 16.4% to 12.6%, which is below the national average of 14.9%. In addition, the median bonus gap has dropped by three quarters from 29.4% to 7.1%.

We are really encouraged by the insights from our first set of ethnicity pay gap data and look forward to measuring our progress going forward. We are also pleased to see the progress we have made in relation to our gender pay and female representation in our senior management teams.

Robin Mills, Compass Group UK & Ireland managing director, comments:

“Publishing our first ethnicity pay gap report is a positive first step. Transparency and accountability are essential as we seek to increase our representation among our senior management in relation to ethnicity and gender. We are really encouraged by the insights from our first set of ethnicity pay gap data and look forward to measuring our progress going forward. We are also pleased to see the progress we have made in relation to our gender pay and female representation in our senior management teams.

“We are very clear on the actions we need to take to keep increasing representation in relation to ethnicity, gender and socio-economic backgrounds at all levels of our business. We are passionate about providing opportunities for everybody and the food and services industry is ideally placed for people to have fulfilling careers, whatever their background. This report provides a good foundation for us to continue to build upon.”

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