Gender Pay Gap
AFI’s 2020 – 2021 Gender Pay Gap
AFI’s 2020 – 2021 Gender pay gap has shown a deviation from that noted historically as it is significantly impacted by Covid. On the snapshot date the majority of our employees were on furlough and accordingly, in line with the guidance, they were removed from the calculations. The snapshot date of the 5th April 2020 occurred right at the initial onset of the pandemic as activity in our core markets reduced markedly. Accordingly many of our furloughed employees were site based, e.g. service engineers and HGV drivers, roles which typically have higher than average remuneration compared to the average employee and are male dominated.
The result of this on the 2020-2021 figures has been to eliminate the gender pay gap we have seen historically (excluding directors)
The overall gender pay gap (including directors) suggested by the metrics we are required to report is a function of the structure of our industry. No bias exists in our business where men and women undertake the same role in the same part of the country.
Our industry is historically male dominated with many of our site based roles being made up solely of male employees and the average pay for many of these roles is higher than that of the average employee. We would welcome female applicants for all roles within our business and will continue to work hard to try and make our site based roles more attractive to female applicants.
As a result of the historical male oriented nature of our industry, the more experienced people in each area of the business have a tendency to be male. This is certainly true of our director group where all but one are male. This skews the pay gap significantly.
We actively promote progression by women and we continue to support our best people irrespective of gender and, as a result of the management pipeline training that we offer, we expect to see women continuing to succeed within our business.
It will take many years to see a substantial shift in the gender weighting of our site based roles both in our business and across our industry as a whole but we remain committed to pursuing the progression of all of our people and we remain committed to gender equality.
The company will always be committed to equal opportunity and there is no barrier to promotion and progress for any of our employees.