Six major UK music companies report average gender pay gap of 25.3 percent

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  • As of April 2020, Spotify leads the way at 15.3 percent while Live Nation reports 34.3 percent.
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  • Six major UK music companies—Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, Spotify, Apple and Live Nation—have reported an average gender pay gap of 25.3 percent, as of April 2020. UK companies employing more than 250 people are legally required to publish their gender pay stats annually, though this wasn't enforced last year due to the pandemic. Published earlier this week, the independent figures are: Spotify (15.3 percent), Apple (18 percent), Sony Music (25.4 percent), Universal Music (29.2 percent), Warner Music (30 percent) and Live Nation (34.3 percent). The average gender pay gap across the three major record labels was 28.2 percent, down slightly from 29.6 percent in 2019, Music Business Worldwide reports. MBW's report also looks at the split of men and women working in different earning brackets, as well as the disparity in bonuses paid. At all three major labels, the difference in bonuses paid to men versus women stands at around 50 percent. At Spotify, women were paid on average 40.3 percent less than their male counterparts. At Apple, this figure was 33 percent. According to the report, 87 percent of the employees at Apple in the top-earning quartile were men. At Spotify, 67.6 percent were men. Apple and Spotify have both published their gender pay gap reports with supporting comments. Read the reports here (Apple) and here (Spotify). Read Music Business Worldwide's report here.