The average difference in pay between men and women in the publishing world of the United Kingdom is a sizable amount, ranging from 11.3% to 29.69%. The Guardian brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Gender pay gap figures reveal big publishing’s great divide.

Gender compensation disparity is not news in the United Kingdom or anywhere. The publishing industry may be dominated by women, but men are faring better in pay. Figures reported to the government equalities office from Penguin Random House, Hachette UK and HarperCollins reveal that while women make up almost two thirds of the workforce, on average men are paid more.

HarperCollins said in its report that “while it is positive that our gender pay gap is lower than the UK average we know there is more we can do”, citing planned initiatives and programmes already in place “to encourage both the retention of senior women and the recruitment and progression of more women into senior roles”.

Other leaders stated they recognized the opportunities to rectify the situation and provide more balance as well.

Melody K. Smith

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