Dentsu Aegis Network publishes UK Gender Pay Gap report for 2018

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4 April 2019, London: Dentsu Aegis Network today publishes its annual Gender Pay Gap Report for 2018, in line with UK Government legislation. 

The report shows data for the group’s two UK legal entities with more than 250 employees, Dentsu Aegis London Limited and Dentsu Aegis Manchester Limited, taken on the snapshot date of 5th April 2018. In addition, the report includes overall data for the entire UK-based workforce of more than 4,000 employees across all of its agencies, which is included beyond the statutory reporting. 

Dentsu Aegis Network has a balanced gender split of 51% female and 49% male across the UK business overall, however the report shows fewer women (36.9%) in the upper pay quartile than men (63.1%), resulting in a overall median hourly gender pay gap of 17.6% (14.1% in 2017). The gap positions the business below the national average of 17.9%, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

In response, Dentsu Aegis Network has underlined its commitment to a number of initiatives to help meet its global ambition of achieving 40% female representation in leadership roles by 2020. This is also in line with targets set by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) in the UK. These include:

· Equality when hiring through gender balanced shortlists and interviews for mid-to-senior level roles which follows an overhaul of the recruitment approach for entry-level vacancies.

· Development of future female leaders with continued investment in the 6-month Women and Leadership Programme for women at all levels across the organisation.

· Family friendly flexible working to enable more women with primary caring responsibilities to progress in their careers. 

· Unconscious bias training for all employees to ensure more informed decision-making during the recruitment and promotion process.

· Digital skills training through its unique Skills Academy programme to help support more women into specialist digital roles where a discrepancy currently exists. 

· Investment in next generation of talent with our schools partnership, The Code, and new Women in Tech podcast series, which champions female involvement in the digital industry. 

Nick Waters, Executive Chairman, Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland said: “One of the five values of Dentsu Aegis Network is ‘responsible’. That includes a responsibility to treat all our employees equally by building a balanced, honest and fair company for everyone. We recognise that more progress is required to achieve gender parity at all levels of our organisation, and are committed to achieving our ambition of 40% female representation in leadership roles by 2020, as outlined within our report. We will continue to review and monitor our trends closely and develop and embed new approaches to close our gap and further strengthen ourselves as a progressive, fair and responsible employer.”

View the full report and find out what the business is doing to tackle the gender pay gap here: 

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For further information contact:

Mandy Rayment
Head of Corporate Communications, UK
T: +44 7824 690176

Josh Colley
Corporate Communications Manager
T: +44 207 570 7334

About Dentsu Aegis Network

Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of ten global network brands - Carat, Dentsu, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, mcgarrybowen, Merkle, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with more than 47,000 dedicated specialists.