Unilever in the UK publishes 2018 Gender Pay Report

Unilever in the UK has today published its gender pay gap results for 2018

  • Median pay for Unilever in the UK is 2.5% in favour of women
  • Median pay for Unilever UK Limited (UK specific operations, including factories) is 3.2% in favour of women
  • Median pay for Unilever UK Central Resources Limited (global functions based in the UK) is 3% in favour of women

Unilever in the UK has today published its gender pay gap results for the second year in line with the government’s Gender Pay Gap regulations introduced in April 2017*.

At Unilever in the UK, the median hourly pay for women is 2.5% more than men, which compares favourably to the national median hourly pay where women earn 17.9% less than men. Over the last year, the proportion of women has increased at the majority of levels within Unilever’s business.

The company’s results reflect its UK based population where women account for just over half of all management positions whilst a large number of male employees work in non-managerial factory roles.

As required by government regulation for gender pay reporting, 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.

Sebastian Munden, General Manager at Unilever UK and Ireland said: “We’re proud of the progress we have made to achieve better gender balance at Unilever. We know that becoming truly diverse and providing equal opportunities at all career stages is the only way to build a sustainable business able to thrive. Over the last year we have taken positive steps, including targeting programmes in parts of our business where we know we have some challenges. Of course, there is always more work to be done and we remain absolutely committed to driving positive change.”

To view Unilever’s gender pay gap report (PDF | 4MB)

For more information on diversity and inclusion in the UK and Ireland business.

Notes to editors

*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 Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees and generated sales of €53.7 billion in 2017. 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, and achieved four A ratings across Climate Change, Water, Forests and Supplier Engagement in CDP's 2018 Global Supply Chain report.

Unilever has pledged to become carbon positive in its operations by 2030, and to ensure 100% of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. 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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