Unilever in the UK publishes gender pay gap data

Unilever in the UK has today published its gender pay gap results

Gender pay report 2017
  • Median pay gap for Unilever in the UK is -2.2%
  • Unilever UK Limited (UK specific operations, including factories) median pay gap is -1.3%*
  • Unilever UK Central Resources Limited (global functions based in the UK) median pay gap is 14.9%

Unilever in the UK has today published its gender pay gap results in line with the government’s Gender Pay Gap regulations introduced in April this year*.

Unilever in the UK’s overall results are broadly balanced, with the median hourly pay for women being 2.2% more than men. This compares favourably to the national median hourly pay where women earn 18.4% less than men. The company’s results reflect its UK based population where women account for just over half of all management positions, up from 41.8% in 2010, and also the large number of men who work in non-managerial factory roles.

In addition to reporting data for Unilever’s total UK workforce, more detailed figures from the company’s two main employing entities in the UK have also been published. These are Unilever UK Limited, representing its UK specific operations, including factories, and Unilever UK Central Resources Limited, representing its global functions based in the UK. This breakdown gives a more detailed representation of the company's gender demographics.

Placid Jover, VP for Human Resources at Unilever UK and Ireland said: “We are proud of our progress in the UK, but recognise that more can be done to ensure women and men are more equally represented at all levels, especially in more senior positions. To continue to build momentum and drive further change we will enhance our existing programmes and policies by targeting women at every stage in their career. By adopting a holistic approach we will strive to create an equal and inclusive workplace, change mind-sets and empower our people to reach their full potential.”

Creating a diverse and inclusive culture is core to Unilever’s values. Within the UK, progress in driving gender balance has been externally recognised, including being featured in this year’s Times Top 50 Employers for Women list, as well as winning the Business in the Community Responsible Business Award for Gender Equality and achieving ‘Employer of the Year’ in the Mumsnet Family Friendly awards.

To view Unilever’s gender pay gap report click here. (PDF | 5MB)

For more information on diversity and inclusion in the UK and Ireland business, please click here.

Notes to editors

*A negative number indicates that women on average earn more than men.

**Under UK government regulation introduced in April 2017, companies with over 250 employees are required to make and publish six calculations, including gender pay gap as a mean and median, the mean and median bonus gap, and the proportion of males and females divided into four groups from lowest to highest pay. 

Businesses are obliged to report this data separately for each legal entity that has at least 250 employees. In addition to publishing overall data for our UK business, Unilever has therefore also published separate data for its two major UK employing entities - Unilever UK Ltd and Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. It has 169,000 employees and generated sales of €52.7 billion in 2016. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes all over the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum and Lynx.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. The company’s sustainable living brands are growing 50% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 60% of the company’s growth in 2016. Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2017 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the seventh year running. Unilever has pledged to become carbon positive in its operations by 2030.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com. For more information on the USLP: www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/

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