Gender pay gap continues to close

  • At 6.8 percent, our gender pay gap figure has fallen once more and remains below the UK national average
  • Graduate female intake in 2020 increased to 38 percent and female representation in senior management continues to grow
  • Challenges remain, but we are committed to making progress.

Leatherhead, Surrey – ExxonMobil today published its 2020 UK gender pay gap figures1 on behalf of its two UK affiliates. The report shows a combined median gender pay gap of 6.8 percent for ExxonMobil companies in the UK, which compares favourably with the 2020 UK national average of 15.5 percent2.


Our mean gender pay gap stood at 4.7 percent, compared with 7.1 percent in the previous year. This figure has continued to shrink annually since we first began reporting in 2017.



Median Gender Pay Gap

Mean Gender Pay Gap


6.8 percent

4.7 percent


7.1 percent

7.1 percent


In 2020, 38 percent of our graduate recruits in the UK were women, while the proportion of experienced hires who were female increased overall to 20 percent.


The data shows an increase in female representation in senior management, with 22 percent of all senior management positions held by women. This has increased from 14 percent over the last six years. Overall, 28 percent of our female workforce are currently in management positions, up from
24 percent seven years ago. By comparison, 27 percent of male employees work in comparable management positions.


Paul Greenwood, Chairman of Esso UK and Lead Country Manager for ExxonMobil in the UK, said: “We are making good progress. We recognise there is more to be done, and we will continue to champion this issue within our company and within our sector.”

ExxonMobil is committed to a wide range of actions to increase the number of females studying STEM subjects, which will help to widen the talent pool from which we can recruit in future. Over the past five years, we have invested more than £836,000 in education in the UK through charitable donations alone, including support to STEM teaching in communities around our key locations.

Our structured approach to inclusion and diversity (I&D), with key senior leaders sitting on an I&D Leadership Network, supports continuous dialogue between senior management and employees around key I&D topics. There is a strong management commitment, both in the UK and globally, to ensure that ExxonMobil continues to be an inclusive and diverse employer.


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 Notes for editors:

 This report has been produced in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap) Regulations 2017, and the guidance on managing gender pay developed by the Arbitration and Conciliation Service (Acas).

  • The information combines the pay data for the two UK companies covered by the regulations: Esso Petroleum Company, Limited and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited.
  • The report shows that the companies’ combined 6.8 percent median gender pay gap in 2020 remains comparatively low compared with the UK average (15.5 percent).
  • ExxonMobil supports the work of voluntary, employee-led networks that work to foster a culture of inclusivity across the breadth of its business.
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1 Published on our website:

Office for National Statistics, ‘Gender Pay Gap in the UK: 2020’, 3 November 2020.