UK ports have released their gender pay gap details, and for some – Felixstowe and London Gateway – the differential between the wage levels of men and women has almost vanished, but there is still work required by many.
Hutchison’s Port of Felixstowe came out on top among UK container terminals, with the Suffolk gateway recording just a 2.5% (mean) and a 1% (median) gap between the genders.
Felixstowe also scored fairly well on the bonus front with male employees actually experiencing a median bonus pay gap of 2%.
However, despite a stronger showing on the equality front, very few of the ports employees are female – around 5% in total.
Managing director of HR Consulting at Spinnaker Karen Waltham told The Loadstar one thing that came out of the results was logistics appeared “no worse” than other industries.
“A lot of industries are in the same shape, despite having been ahead in terms of taking action on the issues,” said Ms Waltham.
“This means the logistics sector can take lessons and learn from what the others have done – it means it can keep up with others.”
UK – Pentalver, a company that is seemingly capable of doing just about anything with a shipping container, has officially opened its expanded container facility at Berth 7 at DP World London Gateway, the globally connected deep water port and Logistics Park on the River Thames. The expanded site adds 40% additional capacity to the Pentalver operation which includes loaded and empty container storage, reefer and dry container maintenance and repair, road haulage transport and cargo handling. DP World's UK Chief Executive Officer Chris Lewis, commented:
“We are delighted that Pentalver has opened its expanded container yard at DP World London Gateway. Phase two of the development has added additional capacity to the vital operations and services that Pentalver offers to our port users and customers. It highlights the commitment it has made and the commercial success achieved since opening the first phase of operations in November 2013.
“We are proud of the excellent relationship that DP World has with Pentalver, both at London Gateway and at Southampton. This is an important relationship in our mission to become the leading enabler of trade for the UK with the rest of the world.”
Pentalver, now a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), commenced work on Phase 2 of the site development work in August 2017, following the opening of the first phase of the facility in 2013. The enhanced Pentalver facility, together with increased rail freight services operated through sister company Freightliner, supports the continued growth at DP World London Gateway, one of the fastest growing ports in the world. G&W UK/Europe Region Managing Director, Terminal Services, Chris Lawrenson, said:
“I am delighted to see this key expansion project at London Gateway come to fruition. This investment was one of the first made by G&W following the Pentalver acquisition in May last year, highlighting their commitment to growth in the UK container sector and ensuring that we continue to provide a competitive, first-class service to customers.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with DP World in further enhancing the efficiency of operations at both London Gateway and Southampton.”
Photo: Officials from the two companies celebrate the inauguration of the expanded facilities.