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UK games companies reveal gender pay gap

UK games companies reveal gender pay gap

Reporting by PocketGamer.biz senior editor Craig Chapple and PCGamesInsider.biz editor Alex Calvin.

UK games companies with more than 250 staff are having to reveal the pay gap between male and female employees - and the results show a startling disparity.

Companies across the country have until midnight on April 4th to submit the gender pay figures.

According to the BBC, of those that have published data so far, 78 per cent of companies pay men more than women, 13 per cent pay women more, while eight per cent reported no gender pay gap.

We’ve broken down the gender pay gap of each games company reporting in below.

So far in none of these instances are women paid more than men based on the figures as presented.

Companies that don't submit their figures could face fines.

We'll update this article as more games companies reveal their figures.

Jagex

The mean hourly rate for women at RuneScape developer Jagex is 21.7 per cent lower than men’s - meaning women earn 78p for every £1 that men earn. Women’s median hourly rate is 18.4 per cent.

Of the top earning quartile - the highest paid - 9.2 per cent are women. The upper middle quartile has 14.3 per cent women, the lower middle quartile 18.2 per cent, lower quartile - the lowest paid - 29.9 per cent.

It was reported that 87.3 per cent of women at the company receive bonus pay, compared to 94 per cent of men.

The difference in mean bonus pay for women was 51.8 per cent lower than men’s. The median different was 15.8 per cent lower.

Jagex has released its own report on the figures and said that it believes it has a “joint responsibility with our industry peers, to encourage and attract more women into the gaming community, both as consumers, and employees so that in time we can address the imbalance in the gaming talent pool".

It claimed it would be implementing a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the gender gap at the company, including improving parental benefits, providing flexible working conditions, and ensuring it continues to adopt a process of equality in shortlisting applicants.

Codemasters

The mean hourly rate for women at the Dirt developer is 22.2 per cent lower than men’s. The median hourly rate meanwhile is 27.9 per cent lower.

The proportion of women in the top pay quartile is five per cent, while women make up 10 per cent of the upper middle and lower middle quartiles. Women make up 15 per cent of the lower quartile.

The balance of those who receive bonuses is similar, with 48 per cent of women receiving bonus pay compared to 49 per cent of men.

However women’s mean bonus pay is 55.6 per cent lower than men’s and median bonus pay is 60 per cent lower.

Frontier

The mean hourly rate for women at the Elite: Dangerous developer is 14.9 per cent lower than men’s. The median hourly rate is 17.5 per cent lower.

The proportion of women amongst the highest paid employees is 8.9 per cent, while women make up 14.1 per cent of the upper middle quartile.

16.7 per cent of lower middle quartile earners are women, as are 19.2 per cent of those in the lowest paid earner bracket.

Frontier said 93.5 per cent of women receive bonus pay, as do 94.8 per cent of men.

There was a difference in bonus pay however, with women’s mean bonus pay 28.5 per cent lower than men’s, and women’s median bonus pay 22.2 per cent lower.

Electronic Arts

One of the biggest publishers on the list, EA reported that women's’ mean hourly rate is 13.7 per cent lower than men’s, while the median hourly rate for women is 15.3 per cent lower.

In the top quartile, 25 per cent of the highest paid earners are women, while in the upper middle quartile that figure slips to 20 per cent.

The proportion of women in the lower middle quartile was 31 per cent, while the number in the lower quartile was 42 per cent.

EA reported 81 per cent of women receive bonus pay and 82 per cent of men also receive it.

Women’s mean bonus pay was 45 per cent lower than men’s, while median bonus pay for women was 46 per cent lower.

EA has released its own report around the figures. While it said it was championing diversity in the industry with a number of initiatives, it claimed that it believes it has "achieved pay equity by role and level between men and women" despite the above figures.

"Because EA also currently employs more men than women, particularly at senior and higher paid roles, the calculations that EA is required to report under this regulation show a wage difference based on gender."

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

The European branch of Sony Interactive Entertainment - aka PlayStation - has submitted its pay gap data, but so far we can't see anything from the UK arm. We will keep checking for this info to appear.

At PlayStation Europe, the mean hourly rate for women is 12.8 per cent lower than men’s, while the median hourly rate meanwhile is 12.5 per cent lower.

The proportion of women in the top pay quartile is 16.6 per cent, while women make up 19.1 per cent of the upper middle quartile and 31.4 per cent of the lower middle quartile. Women form 20.3 per cent of the lower quartile.

The balance of those who receive bonuses is on fairly even pegging. 69.3 per cent of women receive bonus pay compared to 72 per cent of men.

Women’s mean bonus pay is 15.5 per cent lower than men’s and median bonus pay is 10.3 per cent lower.

Microsoft 

The Windows and Xbox firm has revealed the difference between its pay for women and men. The mean hourly rate for women at Microsoft is 6.6 per cent lower than men's; that's 8.4 per cent lower when looking at the median hourly rate. 

Women form 22.8 per cent of the top quartile and upper middle quartile of staff at the big M. Meanwhile, women represent 28.6 per cent of the lower quartile for the software giant, while the lowest quartile sees the highest proportion of women in its hierarchy; 35.3 per cent. 

A higher portion of women receive bonus pay at Microsoft than men, 92.4 per cent versus 92.1 per cent. But said bonus pay is lower than their male counterparts; 11.2 per cent lower, looking at the mean and 11.4 per cent looking at the median bonus pay. 

Sumo Digital

The mean hourly rate for women working at Sheffield-based Sumo Digital is 33.7 per cent lower than men's, with the median hourly rate coming in at 34.5 per cent lower. 

Just 2.5 per cent of the top quartile of staff at Sumo Digital were women; the same amount make up the upper middle quartile. 

12.3 per cent of staff in the lower middle quartile are women, with 23.5 per cent of the lowest paid workers at the work-for-hire studio being women. 

A higher portion of women receive bonus pay at the developer, 23.5 per cent versus 21.8 per cent. Mean bonus pay is 21.6 per cent lower than men's, while media bonus pay is in fact 100 per cent higher for women. 

Creative Assembly

Over at real-time strategy specialists Creative Assembly, women are paid 20.3 per cent less than men in terms of mean hourly pay. That disparity jumps up to 23.3 per cent when looking at median hourly rate. 

Just 3.5 per cent of the top quartile of employees are women, while 18.8 per cent of the upper middle quartile are female. Just under a quarter of the lower middle quartile are women - 24.8 per cent - while the lowest quartile sees 14.7 per cent of women. 

71.6 per cent of women at the studio receive a bonus, compared to 78.6 per cent of men. Mean bonus pay for women is 38.2 per cent lower than men's; median bonus pay is 25.3 per cent less. 

Traveller's Tales

Warner Bros-owned LEGO studio Traveller's Tales has women earning a mean hourly rate 20.9 per cent lower than men's, and a median hourly rate that's 21.8 per cent less. 

Five per cent of the top pay quartile at the studio are women, a figure that jumps just one position to six per cent when you move to the upper middle quartile. 

19 per cent of the lower middle quartile are female, slightly higher than the 14 per cent of women found in the lowest paid quartile. 

58 per cent of women receive a bonus, compared with 72 per cent of men. Mean bonus pay for women is 17.1 per cent lower, while median bonus pay comes in at 9.5 per cent less than their male counterparts. 

Rockstar North

Things are pretty poor over at Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar North. The firm's mean hourly rate for women is a whopping 64 per cent lower than men's, meaning that women 36p for ever £1 earned by male counterparts. The median hourly rate for women is 31.8 per cent lower than men's.

Women form just eight per cent of the highest paid workers at the Edinburgh-based studio, with that figure being 7.2 for the upper middle quartile. The lower middle quarter sees an 18.1 per cent portion of female workers, while women make up 21.4 per cent of the lowest paid workers.

83.9 per cent of women receive bonus pay, compared to 89 per cent of men. But women's mean bonus pay is 84 per cent lower than that of men's, while median bonus pay comes in at 61.3 per cent lower.

King

Candy Crush firm King.com is listed under MidasPlayer.com, a name it has not used for some time.

At the London-based mobile specialist, women's hour rate of pay is 13.5 per cent lower than men's, with the median hourly rate coming in at 9.9 per cent.

Women form 33 per cent of the highest paid workers, with the upper middle quartile having 35 per cent women workforce. The lower middle quartile sees a quarter of female employees, while over half of the lowest quartile are women.

87.9 per cent of women receive bonus pay, slightly under the 92.8 per cent of men.

But mean bonus pay for women is 22.9 per cent lower than men's, while median bonus pay is 16 per cent lower.


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