ExxonMobil publishes its UK gender pay report

Commenting on the report, Mike Cooper, Chairman of Esso UK and Lead Country Manager for ExxonMobil companies in the UK, said:

“I’m pleased to report that our gender pay figures show a median pay gap of 0.8%, which is well below the UK average of 18.4%. This result reflects our longstanding commitment to equal pay and is consistent with the fundamental values of our company.

“More broadly, the report highlights the progress we are making to increase the number of women at all levels, through our continuing efforts to attract and foster female talent throughout the company. Looking to the future, we are also reaching out to the next generation of female scientists and engineers to ensure a higher presence in future generations of senior management, while continuing to develop our current female employees.”

“We know there is still more to do. We want to accelerate the pace of change, not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because it makes good business sense to draw on diverse perspectives and capabilities, and to better reflect the diversity of the communities and customers we serve”.

The report explains that the company’s mean, or average, gender pay gap of 10.2% is largely driven by the fact that there are proportionately more men than women in senior roles, a reflection of the historically male-oriented nature of the oil and gas sector, but one that is changing today. It also reflects the work patterns of many ExxonMobil employees, with 27% receiving a shift allowance which proportionately increases workers’ pay. As in other engineering and manufacturing sectors, these roles are largely undertaken by men.

Inge Huyghebaert, ExxonMobil’s Northern Europe Head of Human Resources said: “In the last five years we have increased the number of female recruits into graduate, managerial and professional technical roles from 21% to 43%. In the same period, the number of women in senior management positions increased from 14% to 18%.

While this is clear progress, we are looking to improve these numbers through our recruitment and workplace flexibility initiatives, by fostering a culture of inclusion, and by focusing our efforts on developing ExxonMobil’s female leaders of the future.”

ExxonMobil relies on the expertise of graduates and skilled professionals from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields. Central to ExxonMobil’s approach is developing its skills pipeline and fostering the next generation of talent, through initiatives such as a successful apprenticeship scheme and the company’s ‘Women in ExxonMobil’ and ‘ExxonMobil Engineering Challenge’ events.


Notes to editors:

  • This report has been produced in line with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap) Regulations 2017, and in accordance with the guidance on managing gender pay developed by the Arbitration and Conciliation Service (Acas).
  • The data combines the pay information for the two UK companies covered by the regulations: Esso Petroleum Company, Ltd and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited.
  • The report shows that the median gender pay gap stands at 0.8%, and the mean pay gap stands at 10.2%. ExxonMobil UK’s median bonus pay gap is 7.7%, and mean bonus pay gap is 30.4%, reflecting the fact that there are proportionately more men in the most senior roles.
  • According to the WISE Campaign’s Women in STEM Workforce 2017 Core Stem Graduates Report, women make up 24% of those in core STEM occupations in the UK. In recent years almost one third of ExxonMobil affiliates’ new engineering recruits in the UK were female.
  • ExxonMobil UK employs approximately 2,500 individuals in the UK. Women represent 17% of ExxonMobil total UK workforce, which is echoed in female representation in the top two quartiles of the company.
  • Between 2013 and 2017, the number of women in management positions has increased from 24% to 29%. In the same period, the number of women in the most senior leadership roles in ExxonMobil UK has increased from 14% to 18%.
  • Between 2013 and 2017, the number of female recruits into graduate, managerial and professional technical positions has risen from 21% to 43%.
  • For more information please visit http://www.exxonmobil.co.uk/en-gb/company/gender-pay

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