Gender pay gap in UK’s largest Japanese employers – wooden spoon goes to Fujifilm

Any company in the UK that employs over 250 people is supposed to have submitted their gender pay gap estimates by the end of this month.  Only around half of the 9000 companies who qualify have complied.  We ran our Top 30 Japanese companies through the Financial Times’ useful search and comparison tool  and found that 12 have not submitted any data, and some have only submitted data for one or two subsidiaries – for example Hitachi group, which has submitted data for Hitachi Consulting, but not for Hitachi Vantara, Hitachi Rail or Horizon Nuclear Power, all of whom would qualify.

The average pay gap of those who did submit data is around 13%, slightly lower than the national average of 18%.  There are some interesting patterns in that there is a gender pay gap in women’s favour in the automotive and tyre businesses – Kwik-Fit and Stapletons (both owned by Itochu) and Micheldever (acquired by Sumitomo Rubber in 2017) and also Toyota Motor Manufacturing and NSG Pilkington Automotive.  Looking at the detail on the FT site, it seems this is to do with there being a lot of men in the lower paid jobs (presumably tyre fitting, shopfloor, delivery) and some well paid women in the higher paid, presumably managerial/executive jobs.

The gender pay gap is particularly bad in finance, although no worse for Japanese banks than for other UK based financial services companies.

The wooden spoon goes to Fujifilm, with a 41% pay gap, who also get our wooden spoon for being the biggest laggard in filing their annual reports at Companies House, meaning we have only just been able to finalise our Top 30 for 2016/7 as of today.

As you can see from the table below, there has been a small increase (1.4%) in the number of people employed by the larger Japanese companies in the UK, but this is distinctly lower than the 7.4% increase the previous year and is mainly explained by growth at ARM, as promised by SoftBank, and the workforce increases at manufacturers like Honda, Unipres and Hitachi Rail.  We’ll have to wait until the final figures come out in the summer for the European region to see whether the UK is lagging behind significantly.

 

Top 30 Japanese employers in the UK (March 29 2018) & gender pay gap
Rank Company UK employees 2016-7* UK employees 2015-6 UK employees 2014-5 UK change 15/16 UK change 16/17 Gender gap
1 Fujitsu Services 9,326 9,892 11694 -15.4% -5.7% 17.9%
2 Nissan 7,755 7,657 7440 2.9% 1.3% N/A
3 Honda Motor Europe (sales) 6,539 5,430 5268 3.1% 20.4%  

27.1%

    Honda of the UK Manufacturing 4.5%
4 Itochu 6,515 6,697 6679 0.3% -2.7%
    Kwik-Fit -15.2%
   Stapleton’s (Tyre Services) -24.9%
5 Hitachi

(Hitachi Consulting )

3,998 3,484 2747 26.8% 14.8%  

30.3%

6 Mitsubishi Corp (primarily Princes Foods) 3,532 3,482 1767 97.1% 1.4% N/A
7 Ricoh UK 3,484 3,693 3331 10.9% -5.7% 17.4%
Ricoh UK Products 10.4%
Ricoh Europe 32.2%
8 Sony 3,143 2,849 3422 -16.7% 10.3% N/A
9 Toyota

Motor Manufacturing

3,098 3,233 3352 -3.6% -4.2%  

-6.4%

Toyota (GB) (sales) 29.7%
10 Dentsu Aegis London 2,757 2,589 2127 21.7% 6.5%  

14.5%

Dentsu Aegis Manchester 1.8%
11 Canon 2,693 2,744 2643 3.8% -1.9% 15.8%
12 SoftBank (ARM) 2,173 1,749 24.2% 15.5%
13 Nomura 2,166 2,468 2498 -1.2% -12.2% 36.9%
14 NSG Pilkington Automotive 2,128 2,167 2128 1.8% -1.8%  

-12.1%

Pilkington Technology Management 31.7%
Pilkington UK 8.3%
15 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Goup 1,987 2,069 2100 -1.5% -4.0% N/A
16 Denso 1,897 1,925 1930 -0.3% -1.5% N/A
17 NYK Group (Yusen Logistics) 1,855 1,919 1780 7.8% -3.3%  

4.0%

18 Mitsui Sumitomo & Aioi Nissay Dowa (Insure The Box) 1,809 1,765 305 478.7% 2.5%  

19.0%

19 Calsonic Kansei 1,778 1,729 1571 10.1% 2.8% N/A
20 Konica Minolta 1,572 1,469 1278 14.9% 7.0% 18.2%
21 Sumitomo Rubber (Micheldever Tyre Services) 1,543 -19.9%
22 Yazaki 1,462 1,345 1700 -20.9% 8.7% N/A
23 Brother Industries 1,384 1,254 535 134.4% 10.4% N/A
24 Olympus 1,348 1,362 1368 -0.4% -1.0% N/A
25 Fujifilm UK 1,257 1,247 1300 -4.1% 41.0%
Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems 8.70%
26 Sumitomo Corporation (Howco Group) 1,249 1,405 1350 4.1% -11.1%  

17.5%

27 Unipres 1,237 1,095 1089 0.6% 13.0% N/A
28 JT Group 1,086 1,473 1545 -4.7% -26.3% N/A
29 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 1019 946 871 8.6% 7.7% 34.9%
30 Suntory 933 909 884 2.8% 2.6% N/A
TOTAL 81,180 80,046 74,702 7.2% 1.4% 13.29%
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