Gender pay gap

From 6 April 2018 employers in Great Britain with more than 250 staff have been required to disclose specific information about their gender pay gap. Although Greenpeace UK employs fewer than 250 people, we publish our gender pay gap information in line with our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.


The gender pay gap is the difference in the hourly rate of pay of men and women, expressed as a percentage of men’s salary. It is separate from equal pay, which focuses on the pay differences between men and women performing the same or similar work, and which our pay policy, pay grading, and job evaluation system all protect against.

The UK statutory reporting asks for two separate calculations of the gender pay gap based on two different ways of calculating averages, mean and median.

Greenpeace UK’s current median gender pay gap across all employees is 2.9%
compared to a national figure of 17.3%. Our median gender pay gap has decreased by 2.0% in the last 12 months.

Median gender pay gap 

The median is the middle value of all the relevant hourly rates of pay.

Greenpeace UK 2018 2019 2020 All UK
All  3.0% 4.9% 2.9% 17.3%
Full time 12.2% 9.6% 6.1% 8.9%
Part-time 1.5% 0.0% -7.5% -3.1%

Mean gender pay gap 

The mean is often simply called “the average” and is calculated by adding up all hourly rates of pay and dividing by the relevant number of staff. 

Greenpeace UK 2018  2019 2020
All  8.3% 6.1% 6.0%
Full time 9.9% 7.1% 8.3%
Part-time -2.3% -2.5% -8.0%

Proportion of male and female employees in each salary quartile

This shows the number of men and women in each of four salary quartiles. It is arrived at by listing all staff in order of hourly rate of pay and splitting the list into four equal groups (quartiles). The percentage of men and women making up each quartile is shown below. 

Salary Quartile 2019 Female Male
1st quartile (lower) 55% 45%
2nd quartile (lower middle) 71% 29%
3rd quartile (upper middle) 57% 43%
4th quartile (upper) 58% 42%
Grand Total 60% 40%

Gender bonus gap 

Greenpeace UK does not award bonuses.