Asos, the British fashion e-tailer, has published its ethnicity and gender pay gap data that was collected on 5 April 2021.
The data has revealed that the overall ethnicity pay gap was 5.9 per cent, which is an improvement of 15.3 per cent in 2020.
Asos also reported higher pay gaps between different ethnic groups, e.g., the median pay gap for black and black British Asos employees touched 13.4 per cent when compared with their white colleagues.
As far as mixed/multiple ethnic groups are concerned, the pay gap was 14.1 per cent when compared with their white counterparts.
The retailer has said that the data has clearly shown that the gap has been due to under-representation of ethnic minorities that Asos employs at leadership level.
Additionally, unequal representation of different ethnic minority groups across different roles too hasn’t helped the cause either.
At present, ethnic minority that Asos employs accounts for 19 per cent of the entire workforce. However, only 7 per cent of leadership roles are filled by ethnic minorities.
Going forward, Asos has now planned to double the proportion of ethnic minorities in leadership roles within two years. It has committed to ethnic minorities representing more than 15 per cent of combined leadership roles by 2023.
To make this happen, Asos has now joined hands with Race at Work Charter, which is committed to ensure that ethnic minority employees are duly represented at all levels in firms.
Asos also published its gender pay gap data for 2021 yesterday (4 October), which is 32.3 per cent – a rise compared to what it was in 2019/20 (30.6 per cent).
The e-tailer has attributed this to women being under-represented in higher paid roles in leadership and technology, combined with a high proportion of women in entry-level roles in its customer care and commercial teams.
Asos sells over 850 brands in addition to its own range of apparels and accessories. It also ships to 196 countries from fulfilment centres in the UK, USA and Europe.