EasyJet CEO takes pay cut in equal pay commitment

EasyJet CEO takes pay cut in equal pay commitment

EasyJet CEO takes pay cut in equal pay commitment

The current pay gap in easyJet is notoriously high, with a difference of male pay to female at 51.7 percent.

Salaries for pilots and cabin crew are collectively agreed with unions and both men and women are paid the same.

Mr Lundgren's starting annual salary was £740,000, while Ms McCall was on £706,000 when she left the budget airline in November.

"I want [equal pay and equal opportunity] to apply to everybody at easyJet and to show my personal commitment", Lundgren said.

Lundgren was appointed on 1 December to replace McCall, who left to accept the top job at ITV, says The Guardian. In all other respects, his remuneration package is the same as McCall's.

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.

Gracie said that when she raised the issue of unequal pay to her bosses, the BBC offered her a raise that was still less than what her male colleagues made.

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"I want us not just to hit our target that 20 percent of our new pilots should be female by 2020, but to go further than this in the future", Lundgren said in the same statement. EasyJet has already gone further than other airlines in trying to attract more women into a career as a pilot.

This gender imbalance is an issue for the whole aviation industry.

A small fraction of commercial airline pilots are women.

EasyJet said they recognised "we need to do better". That is why three years ago easyJet launched our Amy Johnson Initiative to encourage more women to enter the pilot profession.

Past year they recruited 49 - 13 percent of the total hired.

McCall had been credited with transforming the airline and was making £706,000 when she left the carrier last November after eight years in the job, so that's a cut of almost five per cent and A$60,000.

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