Gender pay gap closes further

• Our gender pay gap figure fell to 5.2 percent, and remains below the UK national average

• In 2021, 50 percent of our graduate intake was female

• 28 percent of our female employees are in management positions, versus 26% of males.

Leatherhead, Surrey – ExxonMobil today published its 2021 UK gender pay gap figures1 on behalf of its two UK affiliates. The report shows a combined median gender pay gap of 5.2 percent for ExxonMobil companies in the UK, which compares favourably with the 2021 UK national average of 15.4 percent1.

Our mean gender pay gap has continued to shrink annually since we first began reporting (in 2017). In 2021 the mean gender pay gap stood at 4.1 percent, compared with 4.7 percent the previous year.

 Year  Median Gender Pay Gap  Mean Gender Pay Gap
 2021  5.2 percent  4.1 percent
 2020  6.8 percent  4.7 percent


In 2021, 50 percent of our graduate recruits in the UK were women, up from 38 percent in 2020.

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 UK female workforce currently hold management positions, with 26 percent of the male workforce in comparable management positions.

Paul Greenwood, Chairman of Esso UK and Lead Country Manager for ExxonMobil in the UK, said: “Our latest Gender Pay figures show progress and we remain committed to continued improvement. We believe an inclusive workplace in which all can achieve their potential, is a source of competitive advantage and makes good business sense. Diversity and inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture make ExxonMobil more competitive, more resilient and better able to navigate the complex and constantly changing markets in which we operate.”

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. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to invest in our local communities through charitable donations, including support to STEM teaching around our sites. This funding enabled young people from all backgrounds to stay connected to our STEM outreach remotely.

Over the past three years, we have invested more than £225,000 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 5.2 percent median gender pay gap in 2021 remains comparatively low compared with the UK average (15.4 percent).
    • ExxonMobil supports the work of voluntary, employee-led networks that work to foster a culture of inclusivity across the breadth of its business. 
    • For more information please visit the Inclusion and Diversity page on our UK website.  
    1 Published on the Inclusion and Diversity page of our UK website.
  • 2 Office for National Statistics, 'Gender Pay Gap in the UK: 2021', 26 October 2021