Despite some improvements, the gender pay gap figures for 2018 have not made happy reading for the music industry. The major labels and live sector in particular still have plenty of room for improvement.
But it’s emerged that Music Sales Group is doing a fair job on the gender pay gap. The music publisher is one of the few UK music industry organisations with more than 250 staff – the threshold at which gender pay reporting is required.
Music Sales Group’s companies include classical publishers representing composers such as Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.
Based on the median pay gap, Music Sales Group has a roughly balanced result – women earn 1% more than men. But the mean hourly wage shows a 23% pay gap.
The figures have improved since 2017 when women earned 3% less on the median measure and 25% less on the mean measure.
In the latest results, there is also a positive median bonus pay gap in favour of women of 2%. But Music Sales Group has a 57% median bonus pay gap. The figures show that 75% of women received a bonus, compared to 85% of men.
In the upper pay quartile, women occupy 31% of roles, rising to 44% in the two middle quartiles.