Asda has recorded a narrowing of its mean gender pay gap and said its wider gender pay differences “remain significantly lower than the UK average”.

Asda’s data, issued annually as a requirement of all large companies, showed that the mean gender pay gap between all male and female colleagues fell to 6.6% last year from 7.6% in 2022.

The median pay difference for all colleagues edged up to 5% from 4.7%, but for hourly paid retail store colleagues, who make up 84% of Asda’s total workforce, there was a 0% median gap.

Asda said its data indicated a lower gap than the UK average median of 14.3% and mean of 13.2.%.

Asda chief people and corporate affairs officer Hayley Tatum said: We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive culture at Asda where all colleagues can be themselves at work every day.

“While we are pleased with the reduction in our mean gender pay gap year-on-year, we recognise that pay gaps exist partly because of differences in gender representation at more senior levels of our business. We remain committed to addressing this by helping female colleagues develop and progress their careers at Asda.”