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Gender Pay Gap Report

Gender Pay Gap Report

What is gender pay gap reporting?

Employers with 250 employees or more now have to publish data on the pay gap between the average salaries of their male and female staff.
Our 2017 data shows a gender pay gap close to zero, which marginally favours women. This is substantially ahead of the UK average, and something we’ve been working hard to achieve over a number of years.
There are several pieces of data we now publish on our website and on the government’s gender pay gap service:

  1. The mean and median gender pay gap in hourly rate
  2. The proportion of men and women in each quartile pay band
  3. The mean and median bonus gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is not the same as unequal pay, which is paying men and women differently for doing the same or similar work.

Our 2017 gender pay gap data


Difference in hourly rate

  • Women’s mean hourly rate is 1.1% higher than men’s
    The mean gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly wage of men and women, across the whole of the National Theatre. Our mean gender pay gap is -1.1%; the UK average is 17.4%.


  • Women’s median hourly rate is 3.0% higher than men’s
    The median gender pay gap is the difference in hourly wage between the ‘middle paid’ man and the ‘middle paid’ woman, when all employees are ranked from the highest to the lowest paid. Our median gender pay gap is -3.0%; the UK average is 18.4%.


Proportion of women in each pay quartile

  Women Men
Top quartile (highest paid) 51% 49%
Upper middle quartile 51% 49%
Lower middle quartile 53% 47%
Lower quartile (lowest paid) 46% 54%


Who received bonus pay

The National Theatre does not offer bonuses.

How it was calculated

The staff included in the gender pay gap calculations are permanent employees, fixed term employees, actors, musicians and casual staff, who were working for the National Theatre on 5th April 2017. This total workforce is 50.2% women and 49.8% men.

The number of actors, musicians and casual staff employed at any one time could potentially have a significant impact on our gender pay gap calculations, so we also calculated the gender pay gap for permanent monthly paid staff only. In this group, the median gap is 0.5% in favour of men, and the mean gap is 0.14% in favour of women.

Behind the statistics

Included in this survey are 1,078 staff – 541 women and 537 men, working across a vast range of crafts and disciplines from actors to accountants, from costume supervisors to chefs, from marketing officers to musicians.
Our workforce is broadly gender balanced at all levels, with slightly more women in the lower middle quartile, and more men in the lower quartile.
We are very pleased and encouraged that for 2017 our gender pay gap is around zero. However, we want to see this result on a consistent basis year on year, as well as improved gender balance within teams and professions, and this where we will continue to focus our efforts.