Games Workshop’s Gender Gap is in the Minis Not the Pay

Representation in geekdom is a hot topic over the years with a push for more inclusiveness and away from the default of white/cis/hetero. One example of that is within Games Workshop‘s various games set in their world of Warhammer 40K and its fantasy sibling of Warhammer.

When you build your forces you’re generally forced into male figures with some exceptions (and often those exceptions are some of the most sought after figures). Over the years, the company has moved away from that default male with the inclusion of more female figures and in 2019 we’ll get a revamped Sisters of Battle force, an all-female force that debuted in 1997 but has generally been missing from the game table.

But surprisingly, the gender gap is one that’s on the tabletop for the company and not when it comes to employee wages.

Beginning April 4, 2018, all companies with more than 250 employees in Great Britain were required to report their gender pay gap, the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women across all roles. This includes all bonus gaps and the percentage of men and women at the top, middle, and bottom of the pay structure.

It has been illegal since the 1970 Equal Pay Act to pay men and women different amounts for doing the same job. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. In Great Britain, of the over 10,000 that reported, 842 pay men and women equally, 1,379 pay women more than men, and 7,795 pay men more than women. That data is based on the median hourly pay, the figures don’t compare equal pay for equal work or roles. That’s not legally required.

Using the tool provided by The Guardian, you can search how companies measure up. Though most game companies are too small to report (we looked, this isn’t an article started to pick on GW, they’re just the only one that showed up), Games Workshop isn’t. And what was returned surprised me.

According to this, Games Workshop Limited pays women outearn men by 10.7%. This could be for numerous reasons, the simplest being that women have higher paying positions, for example human resources, while lower paying retail jobs are held mostly by men. And without knowing the distribution of gender in positions, it’s hard to get a read as to the “why” of this. Still, it’s good to see.

Now, just need to get higher representation on the mini-battlefield.

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