Facebook gender pay gap worsens slightly to 12%

Male-dominated technical roles blamed for social media giant's gender pay gap.

Facebook’s gender pay gap for 2018 has widened marginally in favour of men, but is still much lower than the UK average. 

The median hourly pay (the middle of the range of employees’ salaries) was 11.9%, up from 10.3% in 2017.

Last year, the UK’s national median pay gap was 18%.

When comparing mean hourly wages, women’s mean hourly wage is 1.8% lower than men’s. This is slightly worse than 0.9% figure that the social media giant posted last year.

These figures are lower than the vast majority of UK creative and media agencies that reported their gender pay gaps last year. 

Facebook reported its latest figures, which cover the 12 months to the end of March 2019, ahead of the government’s deadline of 4 April. All companies with more than 250 employees are required to report.

The company explained that its gender pay gap is down to senior technical roles, which attract higher salaries compared with other positions, being made up mostly of men. 

Facebook added: "Rates of compensation, particularly of equity compensation (counted in the bonus pay gap), for these skills are higher than non-technical roles due to an extremely competitive talent market. The pool of this talent, particularly for more senior positions, continues to be predominantly male."

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