On November 27, 2017, British low-cost airline EasyJet presented its report on gender pay gap, which shows that men at the company earn on average 51.7 % more than women.

In total, the carrier has 1,407 male pilots and only 86 female pilots. The situation is different for EasyJet's cabin crew, where women account for 2,002 of all flight attendants, while 898 are male. The airline reported that the average annual salary for its pilots is $123,139. Members of airline's cabin crew are paid an average salary of $33,050.

This means that men account for 89.3% of all employees in the highest pay quartile at the airline, while women account for 68.9 % of all employees in the lowest. The mean gender pay gap calculated by an hourly rate of pay is 51.7% while the median is 45.5 %. For bonus pay, the gaps are 43.8% and 32.2%.

EasyJet explained that its gender pay gap is “strongly influenced by the salaries and gender of its pilot community.” According to the airline's report, EasyJet's pilots are predominantly male and their higher salaries, relative to other employees, significantly increases the average male pay.

EasyJet stated that it is planning to encourage more women to become pilots through its Amy Johnson Initiative. The initiative was launched in October 2015, with the aim of doubling the number of female new entrant pilots to 12% over two years. Bur, according to the airline, the expected result has been already achieved.

 “We have seen a fantastic response to this initiative which saw us recruit 33 female new entrant pilots and achieve the 12% target in year one, ” the carrier reported. Now, EasyJet has set a target that in three years 20% of new entrant pilots should be female.

Also, the British low-cost is one of only six FTSE 100 companies run by a woman – Dame Carolyn McCall, who, however, in January 2018, will be replaced at easyJet by Johan Lundgren, deputy chief executive officer at tour operator Tui, and will join ITV as CEO, the Telegraph informs.

EasyJet voluntarily reported its gender pay gap for the first time in 2015 and 2016. This year the report was done under the UK Government’s guidelines, according to which all UK companies and public sector organizations who have 250 or more employees have to publicly report their gender pay gap for the year to April 2017.