EasyJet boss takes wage cut as airline reveals 52% gender pay gap

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The gender pay gap at EasyJet is almost 52 percent, making it one of the widest in the United Kingdom, according to the Financial Times.

In November, EasyJet revealed it had gender pay gap of 52 percent although it said it pays men and women the same amount for the same work. "I want se measures to be applied to all easyjet members alike and, to demonstrate my personal commitment, I have asked governing body to reduce my salary to match one Carolyn had when she was in easyjet".

Mr Lundgren said his airline was "absolutely committed" to giving equal pay to men and women.

Lundgren was getting paid $1,042,000.

Lundgren, who joined the United Kingdom budget airline in December, will have his annual salary cut by £34,000 ($48,000) down to £706,000 ($994,000) - the amount his female predecessor, Carolyn McCall, made in her final year according to easyJet.

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McCall joined British broadcaster ITV (ITVPY) as CEO at the start of 2018, earning a base annual salary of £900,000 ($1.3 million). In all other respects (bonus, LTIP etc.) his remuneration package is identical to Carolyn's. It has a large wage gap of 51.7%. The airline says it has a progressive culture to enabled female pilots to progress more easily than at other airlines, with over a third of easyJet's female pilots already Captains.

This gender imbalance is an issue for the whole aviation industry. Women make up just four percent of the total number of commercial pilots worldwide. That's a 48% increase on the previous year and takes the proportion of easyJet new entrant female pilots to 13%.

EasyJet said they recognised "we need to do better".

"This is a great achievement given the deep seated view in society that being a pilot is a male job and means the airline is on track to meet our 2020 target", EasyJet said. Some 94 percent of the company's pilots are men, according to a statement from the company.