Diageo publishes gender pay report with ambition to become best employer for women in the UK


Diageo Employees reviewing store
  • Combined Diageo Great Britain and Scotland1 median pay gap of +8.6%
  • Diageo Great Britain median pay gap of -9.8%
  • Diageo Scotland median pay gap of +16.7%

Today, Diageo publishes its Gender Pay Gap Report showing a median pay gap of +8.6% for Diageo employees across all legal entities in Great Britain, significantly lower than the ONS Great Britain median pay gap of +18.8%2. The mean pay gap across these businesses is +0.6%. We are pleased with the progress made on diversity and inclusion at Diageo and are clear on our ambition to go further and close the gap.  

We will deliver more opportunities for women working in Diageo’s businesses and our goal is to make Diageo the company women want to join. Diageo ranked third in the 2017 ‘Hampton Alexander Review FTSE 100 for Women on Boards and in Leadership’ and jointly held the top position for Companies with Female Executive Directors in the 2017 ‘Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE Report’. In April 2018, Diageo plc’s Board of Directors will reach gender parity, when Ursula Burns starts her role as Non-Executive Director. 40% of our global Executive Committee are women and more than 30% of our global senior leadership team are women. Achieving gender equality and developing a strong, talented pipeline of future female leaders underpins our firm belief that a more diverse and inclusive workforce accelerates business growth.

“I very much welcome the UK Government’s initiative on gender pay gap reporting. Just last week, Diageo ranked third in the 2017 ‘Hampton Alexander Review FTSE 100 for Women on Boards and in Leadership’. I am proud of the progress we are making at Diageo with gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation and want us to go further. Creating a truly diverse and inclusive culture is not only the right thing to do, it supports the success of our company.”

Mairéad Nayager
Mairéad Nayager

Human Resources Director

Download our Gender Pay Report here

Read our full media release here

1 Diageo’s combined gender pay data includes all employees across Diageo Great Britain legal entities.

2 ONS data as at 26 October 2017