In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, Testerworld Ltd hereby presents its gender pay gap figures for workers in scope at the snapshot date of 5 April 2020.

Testerworld Limited, (trading as the DE Group in England, Wales and Northern Ireland), is one of the UK’s leading independent pharmaceutical wholesalers. Our main activity is the distribution of prescription pharmaceuticals to over 4,000 independent community pharmacies from 8 strategically based distribution locations. The DE Group is a trading entity, and the principle employer within the Converse Pharma Group.


All companies with 250 or more employees are now required to publish their gender pay gap under new legislation that came into force in April 2017. Employers have to publish the gap in pay between men and women on both a median basis (pay per hour based on the person ‘in the middle’ of the distribution of pay) and a mean basis (average hourly salary). In addition, employers are required to disclose the distribution of gender by pay quartile – in other words splitting the workforce into four groups based on their pay, and showing the proportion of men and women in each group. Employers are also required to disclose percentages of staff receiving bonuses by gender and the gender gap on bonuses.

Gender pay gap Vs Equal pay.

This gender based pay analysis is significantly different to, and not be confused with equal pay. UK law has since the 1970s prohibited the paying of different amounts to men and women for doing “work of equal value”, i.e. the same job. This gender pay-gap analysis takes into account all jobs within the business, and analyses the difference between the average mean or median hourly earnings of male employees and female employees, expressed as a percentage of the average hourly pay of male employees. This means that a positive number indicates men earn more than women; a negative number will mean the reverse.

Median: The middle most salary.  Line all salaries up from highest to lowest and the median is the salary in the middle.

Mean; The overall average. E.g add up the salaries of all male employees and divide by the number of male employees in the company to get an average or “mean”, male hourly pay rate.

Understanding the results; A positive number would indicate that male employees earn relatively more than female employees, a negative number would indicate that female employees earn relatively more.  

National average; The national gender pay gap as published by the office of national statistics 2020, was +15.5%. i.e on average men earn 15.5% more than women.

Gender pay gap results

Mean                        Median

-19.5%                        0.7%

Gender pay gap bonus Results

Mean          Median

25.2%         33.4%

Proportion of Males and Females Receiving a Bonus

Male           Female

10.9%         38.8%

Gender Pay Gap Statement

Testerworld’s gender pay gap at 31st March 2020 as presented on a mean basis is -19.5%.

i.e The average hourly pay of our female employees is 19.5% higher than the average hourly rate of our male employees. This figure represents a significant variation from the +15.5% national average.

The 2020 figure shows an increase of the overall pay gap from the position recorded in 2019 of

-5.7%.  Having undertaken a thorough review of our reporting information, we are confident that the apparent detrimental impact was imposed largely by the COVID-19 pandemic, linked to non-attendance at work.

We are, however, equally confident that our next year’s submission will provide a more accurate overview of our true Gender Pay Gap position.

We will continue to monitor the progress of our Gender Pay Gap data, and implement any actions outlined above. I confirm that the data provided is accurate and meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.

David Horry       

Chairman & CEO