EasyJet's CEO cuts pay to match female predecessor

easyJet's CEO has cut his salary Credit: EasyJet

The new Chief Executive of Luton-based easyJet has cut his salary in the name of gender equality.

Johan Lundgren's starting salary was £740,000, but he asked for it to be reduced to £706,000. This is to match what former CEO Carolyn McCall was paid, she left the company last year to take the top job at ITV.

The budget airline boss said it was to demonstrate his commitment to equal pay and opportunity at easyJet.

The company has a gender pay gap of 51.7%, but Mr Lundgren said it is because pilots are highly paid and there is an industry-wide shortage of female pilots. Ninety four per cent of easyJet's pilots are men