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28 Jun 2020: Our analysis of the first 'pay ratio' reports finds some limitations to the disclosures, but also identifies the potential to raise pay for low earners through redistribution from those at the top
26 Apr 2020: At least 18% of FTSE 100 firms are using the UK Government's furlough scheme. 37% have cut executive pay and 33% are withdrawing or withholding dividend payments
18 Mar 2020: Government bail-outs of large businesses affected by the coronavirus must include social and environmental conditions including fair pay, fair tax contributions and worker representation on company boards
10 Dec 2019: The UK's poorest regions are falling behind the rest of Europe
13 Nov 2019: new briefing from the High Pay Centre and the TUC
4 Sep 2019: Research shows scale of pay inequality in the housebuilding industry
20 Aug 2019: Investor stewardship and concerns about inequality are beginning to register - but economic inequalities persist as CEO's continue to enjoy pay awards 117 times larger than the average worker
1 Jul 2019: New report by HPC founder Deborah Hargreaves asks what corporations would look like if designed from a woman's perspective
2 Apr 2019: HPC research carried out on behalf of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association analyses disclosure of employment models and working practices in company's annual reports
1 Apr 2019: HPC has issued our response to the Financial Reporting Council's consultation on the new Stewardship Code
24 Jan 2019: HPC contributes to essay collection on how to achieve greater pay equality, published by the CLASS think tank
3 Jan 2019: New report from HPC and the CIPD, based on interviews with remuneration committee members, investors and other stakeholders in the pay setting process, calls for corporate governance reform, with more emphasis on people management and employment culture
4 Nov 2018: Bosses of companies that are not accredited living wage employers paid nearly £4m a year - their combined profits added up to over £85 billion
HPC response to consultation on the Wates Principles for the governance of privately-owned companies
10 Sep 2018: Large private companies should be subject to the same high standards of stakeholder engagement as publicly-listed counterparts
16 May 2018: Our response highlights the limited progress of reforms recommended by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
9 Feb 2018: Pamphlet presented by Chuka Umunna MP at a High Pay Centre event held at the Institute of Directors, London, on February 8 2018
3 Aug 2017: Our joint annual survey of the state of top pay in the FTSE100
20 Feb 2017: This unprecedented joint submission signifies the importance of this moment: an opportunity to make meaningful, lasting reforms to executive pay and boardroom culture and practice
2 Nov 2016: Our contribution to the BIS select committee's ongoing enquiry into corporate governance reform
1 Sep 2016: A forceful and persuasive contribition to debate from the Conservative member for Croydon South
7 Jun 2016: Read our response to the working group's interim report, in which we argue for a fundamental rethink to the principles of executive pay
12 Oct 2015: New High Pay Centre analysis finds evidence of huge pay gaps in Scotland, between ordinary workers and top executives
1 Sep 2015: A new essay collection looking at pay gaps within organisations - how and why they've widened, what this means and how we might calculate an appropriate ratio. Including essays from Conservative MP David Davis, Daily Mail Associate City Editor Ruth Sunderland and Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics at Manchester University and former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust.
16 Aug 2015: FTSE CEO Pay jumped to £4.964 million in 2014
24 Jun 2015: Companies are required to disclose details of the work done for remuneration committees by consultants and the fees paid for it. This report highlights the poor disclosure of fees for those services. It is impossible to judge whether there are conflicts of interest without better information.
10 Jun 2015: Most big company performance measures in the UK are based on profits and share price - often judging companies relative to others, so that executives can still be rewarded even if shareholders lose out.
19 May 2015: No consensus on the strength of the link between executive pay and company performance comes out of our extensive literature review
13 May 2015: Major inquiry by the High Pay Centre concludes that performance-related pay is failing on its own terms
14 Apr 2015: New report examining public attitudes towards existing rights at work guaranteed by EU agreements, and potential ways in which the EU could tackle inequality
10 Mar 2015: How the structure of executives pay packages incentivises behaviour that is ultimately damaging the UK economy.
1 Mar 2015: Business leaders from across the UK say excessive pay for those at the top is the biggest threat to the reputation of business
28 Oct 2014: Research for High Pay Centre by Incomes Data Services shows that growth in executive pay, bonuses and incentive payments has vastly outpaced performance as measured by every indicator in common use
23 Jul 2014: New report from the High Pay Centre highlights the extent of multi-million pound pay packages at 'big 4' accountancy partnerships and 'magic circle' law firms
16 Jun 2014: Analysis of OECD figures suggests the poorest fifth of the UK population are the poorest in Western Europe
2 Jun 2014: HPC analysis of the first executive pay awards made following Government reforms in 2013
9 May 2014: Government could use its power as a purchaser of outsourced services to demand executive pay restraint
20 Jan 2014: High Pay Centre analysis shows hidden cost of big pay differentials within organisations
4 Dec 2013: New High Pay Centre research suggests top companies are ignoring rules requiring them to relate executive pay to pay for ordinary workers
22 Oct 2013: New report highlights shows how big companies create an unbalanced economy outside London
24 Sep 2013: A collection of essays on corporate governance, including the role of non-executives and securing a greater voice for employees.
16 Sep 2013: We talk to employee and shareholder directors on German boards about company strategy, pay and unions
22 Jul 2013: As part of the New Economics Foundation's 'mythbuster' series, Luke Hildyard debunks the myths used to justify excessive executive pay
28 May 2013: New High Pay Centre report analysing the policy responses to excessive pay in different economies
4 Mar 2013: Analysis of UK incomes outlines the concentration of wealth across a tiny proportion of the population, and outlines pathways to fairer earnings
14 Jan 2013: New report from High Pay Centre warns of obsession with share price and short-term financial performance measures
12 Dec 2012: New research by Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann for the High Pay Centre, looking at international comparisons of female representation on boards
3 Dec 2012: Download the latest High Pay Centre report 'The State of Pay: One year on from The High Pay Commission'
4 Sep 2012: A collection of essays on business ethics and practices by Ros Altmann, Simon Caulkin, Jonathan Ford, Caroline Lucas, Paul Nowak and Frances O'Grady, and Guy Opperman with an introduction by Deborah Hargreaves.
28 Aug 2012: Latest report from the High Pay Centre on attitudes to the economy, business and pay
24 Apr 2012: Barclays is currently in talks with its shareholders over Bob Diamonds pay to prevent a revolt at the AGM on Friday
Since 1 January 2020 the average FTSE 100 CEO has earned:
Income inequality in the UK
Wealth inequality in the UK
- COVID19 and corporate resilience
The pandemic is highlighting the deep flaws in the UK’s corporate governance system. Will this prompt listed companies to rethink their priorities? - A blog by Rachel Kay, a researcher at the High Pay Centre
- Executive Compensation: Covid-19—A “New Normal” Or Back To The “Old Normal” by 2022?
A guest blog from Iain Stark, international HR leader and reward expert, on the future of executive pay post COVID19.
- Re-thinking reward: interim High Pay Centre analysis of new pay ratio reports
Our analysis of the first 'pay ratio' reports finds some limitations to the disclosures, but also identifies the potential to raise pay for low earners through redistribution from those at the top