ABF Grain Products Ltd – Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

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 2018. At this date, ABF Grain Products Ltd employed 5,656 people, with 4,550 being male and 1,106 female (19.6% of our workforce.);

  • The ABF Grain Products Ltd mean gender pay gap in 2018 is -5.2% in favour of women, compared to a UK mean pay gap in 2017 of 14.5% 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 continued to improve from 2016 through to 2018 with both the mean and median gender pay gap figures demonstrating a good balance of pay between men and women across our organisation.
  • 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 within our businesses to create greater focus on diversity within our employee population. An example of this is the ongoing roll out of Unconscious Bias training for all of our people managers.
  • 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.

Bonus Male Female
% of Employees in receipt of a bonus




Pay Quartiles Male Female
Upper Quartile 77.0% 23.0%
Upper Middle Quartile 84.0% 16.0%
Lower Middle Quartile 87.5% 12.5%
Lower Quartile 74.1% 25.9%

All our employees, whatever their background, should feel that their contribution is valued and recognised. 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.


Sarah Arrowsmith

Chief Executive, 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 Grocery Group Division of Associated British Foods.

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