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2020 Gender Pay Gap Data

2020 Gender Pay Gap Data

What is Gender Pay Gap reporting?

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

There are several pieces of data we now publish here 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.

Our 2020 Data

Difference in hourly rate

  • Men’s mean hourly rate is 0.42% 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.
  • Men’s median hourly rate is 4.17% 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.
  • These results are a change from 2018 but within our target of sustaining both a Gender Pay Gap below 5% and a gender-balanced workforce.


Proportion of women in each pay quartile

  Women Men
Top quartile (highest paid) 52.0% 48.0%
Upper middle quartile 47.5% 52.6%
Lower middle quartile 60.6% 39.4%
Lower quartile (lowest paid) 52.0% 48.0%


Who received bonus pay

The National Theatre does not offer bonuses.


Included in this survey are 700 staff – 372 women and 328 men, working across a vast range of crafts and discipline from office-based accountants and marketing officers to production and technical staff such as costume supervisors and scenic artists. 

The size of the staff group we report on is significantly reduced from 2018, due to the impact of Covid on staffing at the NT. On the survey snapshot date, 5 April 2020, a significant number of staff and acting company members were on Furlough scheme rates and those irregular earnings have to be disregarded for Gender Pay Gap reporting.

Whilst there is some variation in each quartile, our staff group is broadly balanced at all levels, but with more women in the lower quartiles.

It is difficult to draw solid conclusions from this data, given the change in staff numbers included. The previous year's reporting requirement (2019) was suspended by the Government due to Covid's impact on businesses. However, our ideal continues to be a gap as close to zero as it can be on a consistent basis.

How it was calculated

The only staff included in the gender pay gap calculations for this year are permanent and fixed term employees who were working for the National Theatre on 5 April 2020. This group of our staff comprises roughly 53% women and 47% men.