ABF Grain Products Ltd – Gender Pay Gap Report 2017


The promotion and development of talented people, irrespective of their gender or background, is something about which I care very deeply. I want our employees to realise their full potential. That makes good business sense as well as being the right thing to do.

The figures outlined below are accurate and show both the mean and median differential in pay and bonus between genders across ABF Grain Products Ltd as on 5th April 2017. At this date, ABF Grain Products Ltd employed 5,674 people, with 4,566 being male and 1,108 female (about 19% of our workforce.);

  • The ABF Grain Products Ltd mean gender pay gap is -5.7% in favour of women, compared to a UK mean pay gap of 17.4% in favour of men.

  • We are confident that there is no gender bias in the pay we give to men and women who perform the same role.

  • Our data has improved from 2016 to 2017 with both the mean and median gender pay gap figures progressing in favour of women.

  • Women are well represented within our management population, though our Board structures are currently balanced men to women on a ratio of approximately 2:1.

  • We are working on initiatives to support the development of talented women across our organisation, such that more women will move into senior management positions over time.

Mean *

Median **

Gender Pay Gap



Gender Bonus Gap



* The mean pay gap is the difference between average hourly earnings of men and women.

** The median pay gap is the difference between the midpoints in the ranges of hourly earnings of men and women. It takes each person’s pay and lines them up in order from lowest to highest, and compares the pay at the midpoint.




% of Employees in receipt of a bonus



Pay Quartiles:



Upper Quartile



Upper Middle Quartile



Lower Middle Quartile



Lower Quartile



All our employees should feel that their contribution is valued and recognised irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. We want to create a management culture where talent and contribution are consistently and equally recognised so that we can collectively compete in challenging markets. That can only be achieved through a concerted effort by us all.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Chief Executive, UK Grocery Group

ABF Grain Products Ltd is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. The trading businesses that sit within the company include The Allied Milling and Baking Group; The Jordans & Ryvita Company; Germains; Speedibake and Westmill Foods, most of which also form part of the UK Grocery Division of Associated British Foods.