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2018 Gender Pay Gap Data

2018 Gender Pay Gap Data

Difference in hourly rate

  • Men’s mean hourly rate is 2.2% higher than women’s
    The mean gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly wage of men and women, across the whole of the National Theatre.
    Our mean gender pay gap is 2.2%; the UK average is 14.3%*.


  • Men’s median hourly rate is 4.4% higher than women’s
    The median gender pay gap is the difference in hourly wage between the ‘middle paid’ man and the ‘middle paid’ woman, when all employees are ranked from the highest to the lowest paid.
    Our median gender pay gap is 4.4%; the UK average is 11.8%*.


  • These results are a change from 2017 but within our target of sustaining both a Gender Pay Gap below 5% and a gender-balanced workforce.



Included in this survey are 1,254 staff – 628 women and 626 men, working across a vast range of crafts and disciplines from actors to accountants, from costume supervisors to chefs, from marketing officers to musicians.

Whilst there is some variation in each quartile, our staff group is broadly balanced at all levels, with more men in the highest and lowest quartiles, and more women in the middle.

The calculation is a “snapshot” figure, reflecting activity on a single day – 5 April 2018. As a theatre staging 30 shows per year on the South Bank, on tour and in the West End, we have significant variability in the size and makeup of our workforce according to which shows are playing.

It is difficult to draw solid conclusions from only 2 years of data, but our ideal continues to be a gap as close to zero as it can be on a consistent basis.

General Information and statistics

What is Gender Pay Gap reporting?

Employers with 250 employees or more have to publish data on the pay gap between the average salaries of their male and female staff. This is the second year of reporting.

Our 2018 data shows a gender pay gap in favour of men. When compared to equivalent data for the UK average, it is substantially lower, and meets the NT’s diversity measure of maintaining a pay gap lower than 5%.

There are several pieces of data we now publish on our website and on the government’s gender pay gap service:

  1. The mean and median gender pay gap in hourly rate
  2. The proportion of men and women in each quartile pay band
  3. The mean and median bonus gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap is not the same as unequal pay, which is paying men and women differently for doing the same or similar work.


Proportion of women in each pay quartile

  Women Men
Top quartile (highest paid) 45% 55%
Upper middle quartile 51% 49%
Lower middle quartile 56% 44%
Lower quartile (lowest paid) 47% 53%


Who received bonus pay

The National Theatre does not offer bonuses.

How it was calculated

The staff included in the gender pay gap calculations are permanent employees, fixed term employees, actors, musicians and casual staff who were working for the National on 5 April 2018. This total workforce is 50.1% women and 49.9% men.


* Figures represent the average of all UK employers who published Gender Pay Gap figures in 2018