City heavyweights Hogan Lovells and Eversheds Sutherland have joined the growing list of firms to have incorporated partners into their statutory gender pay gap report this year. Their respective reports reveal that, when partners are lumped together with all employees, men are paid 52.9% more than women at Hogan Lovells and 58.3% more at Eversheds.
However, in the partnership alone, women are paid 2.1% more than men at Hogan Lovells, the second year in a row in which women have fared better than men. Among the partnership alone at Eversheds Sutherland, the pay difference between female and male equity partners was 6.2% in favour of women.
At Hogan Lovells, the mean gender pay gap among all employees is 12.3%. However, when comparing only lawyers (associates, senior associates, counsel and consultants) the mean pay gap is 1.8%.
Like many firms Hogan Lovells has also produced an ethnicity pay-gap. Among employees only the BAME pay gap is 11.2%, rising to 46.3% when partners are included. The overall BAME workforce is 17%.
Firms with 250 or more employees have until Thursday to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations and report the pay gap between men and women. The regulations stipulate that firms provide a snapshot of the pay gap as of April 4 the previous year. This is the second round of reports.
Susan Bright, Hogan Lovells’ regional managing partner for UK and Africa, said: ‘Our partner data continues to underscore the culture and diverse range of talent we have at our firm. Women make up 27% of the UK partnership and 80% of our lateral hires in the UK in 2018 were women. One third of this year’s internal partner promotions in the UK are women, and one quarter of counsel promotions.
‘In line with our commitment to increase representation of BAME people at all levels in the firm, we are voluntarily reporting ethnicity pay gap data. We have a very strong record in recruiting BAME students through our graduate recruitment programme, recruiting 47% BAME students for training contracts in the 2017/2018 recruitment round. We are working hard to retain and promote our BAME talent and this is a particular focus of our 2019 UK diversity strategy.’
At Eversheds Sutherland, the mean pay difference between all male and female employees was 22.63%. Among lawyers only, men were paid on average 9.28% more.
Eversheds declined to reveal an ethncity pay gap but said in a statement accompanying the report: 'We remain focused on representation at all levels across the firm in relation to ethnicity and are committed to maintaining an inclusive and supportive environment for those who chose to declare their ethnicity; while respecting those who prefer not to say.’