Top 40 main contractor pay gaps revealed

Aaron Morby 5 years ago
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Laing O’Rourke has recorded the lowest inequality in pay between men and women among Britain’s top 40 main contractors for the second year running.

The firm’s record on equal pay was revealed as construction employers with over 250 staff published their gender pay gap figures for the second time.

The Government hopes the data will shine a light on the barriers preventing women from reaching the top.

Construction ranks as one of the worst industry’s for pay inequality with women paid a third less than men on average.

The  returns by leading main contractors reveal Laing O’Rourke is way ahead on pay equality with women on average paid 12% less than men.

Main contractor pay gap reports
Ranking Main contractor Staff % Difference in hourly rate % Women in
2018 2017 Employer Size band Median Mean lower pay quartile higher pay quartile
1 1 LAING O’ROURKE SERVICES 5000 to 19,999 10.9 12.3 16.2 9.7
2 2 RINGWAY INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES 1000 to 4999 12.9 8.8 22.6 3.7
3 5 F M CONWAY 1000 to 4999 15.3 10.1 19.4 7.9
4 10 KIER 5000 to 19,999 20.5 23.1 32 14
5 7 NMCN 1000 to 4999 21.1 22.8 24.5 6.5
6 3 SKANSKA CONSTRUCTION UK 1000 to 4999 22.4 15.9 26.3 10.3
7 14 ENGIE REGENERATION 1000 to 4999 22.8 26.4 37 10
8 9 J. MURPHY & SONS 1000 to 4999 23.9 25.3 28 7
9 4 ESH CONSTRUCTION 500 to 999 24.5 23.4 17.1 4.2
10 6 FERROVIAL AGROMAN (UK) 250 to 499 25.5 23.3 14 41
11 11 COSTAIN ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION 1000 to 4999 27 25.4 46.3 12.7
12 13 BAM NUTTALL 1000 to 4999 27.4 24.8 33.2 7.5
13 12 SEDDON CONSTRUCTION 500 to 999 27.9 22.7 34 11
14 23 GEOFFREY OSBORNE 250 to 499 29.3 28.9 53 17
15 8 BALFOUR BEATTY GROUP EMPLOYMENT 5000 to 19,999 30 24 34 9
16 26 CLUGSTON CONSTRUCTION 250 to 499 31 35.9 42.9 6.3
17 31 BARHALE 500 to 999 31.2 29.9 30 5
18 17 VOLKERWESSELS UK 1000 to 4999 31.4 29.1 27.8 8.5
19 15 INTERSERVE CONSTRUCTION 1000 to 4999 32 33.3 26.3 4.6
20 18 MORGAN SINDALL GROUP 5000 to 19,999 32 32.2 36 9
21 16 SIR ROBERT MCALPINE 1000 to 4999 32.7 27.6 11.8 8.4
22 24 ARDMORE CONSTRUCTION 250 to 499 33.6 30 44 13
23 22 GALLIFORD TRY EMPLOYMENT 5000 to 19,999 34.5 31.7 39.3 9.5
24 29 ISG CONSTRUCTION 500 to 999 34.6 31.5 32.9 3.1
25 19 HIGGINS CONSTRUCTION 250 to 499 35.1 46.6 30.3 4.4
26 20 LENDLEASE CONSTRUCTION (EUROPE) 500 to 999 35.8 29.6 34 5
27 27 BUCKINGHAM GROUP CONTRACTING 500 to 999 35.9 30.7 27.6 2.4
28 25 JOHN GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION 1000 to 4999 36.6 37.3 36.8 5.9
29 28 MACE 5000 to 19,999 37.2 33 50 7
30 21 WATES GROUP SERVICES 1000 to 4999 37.4 33.2 45.2 9.7
31 30 BOUYGUES (U.K.) 1000 to 4999 38.4 32.7 49.9 11.1
32 33 JOHN SISK & SON 250 to 499 39.2 33.2 36 6
33 32 WILLMOTT DIXON CONSTRUCTION 1000 to 4999 42.9 36.2 46.2 5
34 35 MCLAUGHLIN & HARVEY CONSTRUCTION 250 to 499 45 40.6 25.7 4
35 36 MULTIPLEX CONSTRUCTION EUROPE 500 to 999 46 42.5 40.9 4.6
36 34 BOWMER AND KIRKLAND 1000 to 4999 48.4 41.9 52 3.4
37 37 VINCI CONSTRUCTION UK 1000 to 4999 52 45 62.1 8.3
38 39 MIDAS GROUP 500 to 999 52.4 47.8 47.7 4
39 40 BAM CONSTRUCT UK 1000 to 4999 55.2 45.4 58.4 7.3
40 38 MCLAREN CONSTRUCTION 500 to 999 58.4 50.6 46.9 2

Companies had to file data based on a “snapshot” of their payroll taken on 5 April 2018.

The listing of the top 40 main contractors is ranked by the median, which gives a good sense of where a company is overall, the mean figures will include the outliers with large salaries.

The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire organisation so the mean gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between women’s mean hourly wages and men’s mean hourly wages.

The median hourly rate is calculated by ranking all employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid, and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle; so the median gender pay gap is the difference between women’s median hourly wage (the middle paid woman) and men’s median hourly wage (the middle paid man).

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