Gender Pay Gap Reporting

OP Chocolate Ltd – Gender Pay Gap Reporting

We are an employer required by law to carry out the gender pay gap reporting under The Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. This involves carrying out calculations that show the difference between the average earnings of men and women in our organisation; it will not involve publishing individual’s employees data.

We are required to publish the results on our own website and a government website. This is information based on data as at the 5th of April 2017.

Pay Information

The mean gender pay gap between male and female employees is 22.29%, with female being lower.
The median gender pay gap between male and female employees is 10.78%, with female being lower.

Bonus Information

No bonuses were paid to any employees during the time period being analysed.

Gender Split Pay Quartiles

Male Female
Lower Quartile 22% 78%
Lower Middle Quartile 48% 52%
Upper Middle Quartile 73% 27%
Upper Quartile 79% 21%

Interpretations and Analysis

OP Chocolate Ltd established in Merthyr Tydfil in 1947. The company has a loyal workforce with very low turnover.

Over the years, the company has maintained the shift patterns for factory roles to suit bus times and working families. This has meant a higher number of females applying for entry level roles. Promotion requires more flexibility of working hours. We believe this has over the years encouraged more applications by male employees to progress into higher roles.

Due to the low turnover many middle to higher level management have kept the same person in post for decades.

As the company is expanding, this has allowed new roles to appear and we have seen an increase in female hires in admin support and middle management level positions. These have not yet moved into senior management positions but as levels of experience grow, we expect this to change in the coming years.

Tony Caccavale
Head of Finance
March 2018