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Apple says male UK staff earn average of 5 percent more than women

On average, men at Apple's U.K. operations earn 5 percent more than women, the company revealed on Tuesday, a day ahead of a deadline for British companies over 250 people to disclose their gender gaps.




Women do however come ahead by 2 percent when going by median, Reuters reported. Apple said the discrepancy in average is attributable to having more men in senior roles, who in turn get higher salaries, bonuses, and stock grants.

30 percent of the company's U.K. staff are women, up from 28 percent in 2014, Apple noted. The company has over 6,000 local workers in all.

In a statement, Apple said it would take steps to try and close any gaps, for instance no longer asking hires for their salary histories as of this year.

The multinational company regularly prides itself on its attempts to reduce racial and gender gaps in labor. Nevertheless, significant differences remain —an internal report in November pegged its international gender split as 68 percent male and 32 percent female, with only 29 percent of leadership roles being in female hands.

Among top-level executives, 5 out of 16 are women, among them retail head Angela Ahrendts and general counsel Katherine Adams. The board of directors has two women, Andrea Jung and Susan Wagner.