Combined gender pay gap improves across Diageo Great Britain and Diageo Scotland

15 Dec 2020
  • Diageo Great Britain and Diageo Scotland combined median pay gap of +2.8% (2019: +4.0%)1
  • Diageo Great Britain median pay gap of -20.5% (2019: -14.8%)
  • Diageo Scotland median pay gap of +16.8% (2019: +16.4%)

Today, we publish our fourth gender pay gap report showing an improvement in the median gender pay gap across our combined legal entities in Great Britain and Scotland.

Since 2017, our combined median pay gap has more than halved to 2.8% and continues to be lower than the ONS reported national average median pay gap of 15.5%.

In our Diageo Great Britain business, this year, the gap has again widened in favour of women, and in our Diageo Scotland business it is unchanged.  We are proud of the progress we are making, but we know there is more to do.

We’re delighted that, following the introduction of ambitious family leave policies in 2019, the average number of days taken by men for family leave increased from 11 to 92 in our Diageo Great Britain business and from 11 to 109 in our Diageo Scotland business.

Championing inclusion and diversity is one of Diageo’s strategic priorities and we want to leverage the broadest range of backgrounds and skills to create a fully inclusive, high-performing culture. In 2020, 39% of leadership roles globally were held by women. As part of our new ‘Society 2030’ sustainability action plan, our ambition is for 50% of leadership roles to be held by women by 2030.

We recognise that gender parity is just one measure of an inclusive workplace and we are dedicated to creating a culture where every individual can thrive. In November 2020 we set an ambition to increase representation of leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds to 45% by 2030. In October 2020, we joined the ‘Change The Race Ratio’ campaign to champion ethnic diversity in business in Great Britain. By joining the campaign - coordinated by the Confederation of British Industry – we have committed to taking meaningful action that will not only increase ethnic diversity in business, but also create a culture that enables all individuals to thrive.

“Diageo champions inclusion and diversity in all that we do, from the make-up of our senior leaders, the agencies we work with, the community programmes we operate and the way in which people are portrayed in our advertising. While there is more to do, I am proud that we have further reduced the gender pay gap across our UK businesses to +2.8%, among the lowest in the FTSE. Hiring, retaining and promoting diverse talent hugely strengthens Diageo as a business, which is why we have set stretching targets to ensure 45% of our leadership team will be ethnically diverse and half will be women by 2030.”

Mairead Nayager

Chief HR Officer

1Diageo’s combined gender pay figure includes all employees across all legal entities in England, Scotland and Wales