Our commitment - reducing and eliminating our gender pay gap


Diversity and inclusion is the engine of our innovation at Roche.  We have an inclusive workplace where each individual is respected and can contribute fully. This directly enhances our passion for bringing targeted medicines to patients.

Like many large organisations, we have a gender pay gap and we are not happy about this.  Our current Gender Pay Gap (2018 snapshot) for Roche UK, has reduced slightly, compared with last year (2017 snapshot) - in 2017, our median gender pay gap was 5.96%, this has reduced to 2.70% in 2018, and in 2017, our mean gender pay gap was 10.30%, this has reduced to 8.14% in 2018 - click here

Through conducting in-depth analysis of our data, we think we understand the main reasons for this. We’re proud that 67% of all our employees in the UK are women, however we know more women at Roche work part-time versus men and they are not represented to the same proportions in our highest and lowest job bands.

Since we reported last year we’ve taken action to understand and close our gap:

  • Reviewed and improved our recruitment and parental-leave practices.
  • Established a Diversity & Inclusion affinity network.
  • Implementing parental-transitions mentoring.
  • Exploring how we bring more flexibility to many of our working practices.
  • Started many important conversations at all levels about how we might close and ultimately eliminate our gap.

In October 2018, we were very proud to win the Diversity & Inclusion in Talent Acquisition Award from workingmums.co.uk and in January 2019 we became one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies.

Improving gender equality and diversity is something that really matters to us.  We know that tackling the gender pay gap will take time. We continue to make progress on our journey towards becoming an even fairer and more diverse workplace.


Roche employees in their work environment in Roche, Welwyn
Roche employees in their work environment in Roche, Welwyn

What is the Gender Pay Gap?

“The gender pay gap is calculated as the difference between average hourly earnings (excluding overtime) of men and women as a proportion of average hourly earnings (excluding overtime) of men’s earnings.” (Source - Office of National Statistics (ONS))

Gender Pay Gap is not the same as Equal Pay

“Equal pay means that men and women in the same employment performing equal work must receive equal pay, as set out in the Equality Act 2010. It’s the law…... This applies not only to salary, but to all contractual terms and conditions of employment, such as holiday entitlement, bonuses, pay and reward schemes, pension payments and other benefits”. (Source - Equality and Human Rights Commission)