Gender pay gap: Wren doesn’t favour men

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Apr 2018

SOUTH Bank manufacturing and retail giant Wren Kitchens has been revealed as the ONLY retailer among its peers to have no pay gap in its ranks, and one of only 8 per cent of businesses in the UK.

This month saw the deadline set by The Equalities and Human Rights Commission for all companies, charities and public-sector bodies with more than 250 employees to publish their position.

And while the majority of kitchen retailers reported around the 10 per cent mark, the ideally named Wren – the name given to Women’s Royal Naval Service – has a balanced workforce now numbering more than 3,000.

Alex Grant, finance director at Wren Kitchens, said: “I am pleased to report that Wren Kitchens has no gender pay gap making us the lowest in the kitchen industry and within a group of just 8 per cent of companies nationally that don’t report a pay gap. 

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“In addition, women make up 27 per cent of higher paid jobs and 27.6 per cent of lower paid jobs which aligns with our gender distribution of 29.6 per cent women and 70.4 per cent men across all 3,153 of our colleagues.”

The statistics put Wren well ahead of the likes of Ikea and John Lewis, competitors in the marketplace.

Launched in East Yorkshire in 2009,  the company swooped for the Kimberly-Clark nappy manufacturing facility when it closed, making it “The Nest” and investing £40 million in the 750,000 sq ft facility on Falkland Way in 2013. From there it serves 69 UK showrooms in a vertically integrated model from build to installation, with sales over the past four years totalling £1 billion.

That put it in the top 10 per cent of flying businesses listed in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table.

As well as Barton, it operates a stand-alone facility on Foxhills Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe.

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