2019 gender pay gap report published

March 27th, 2019

A report showing our latest gender pay gap figures is published today, and is available on the HR website. This is the second annual statutory report of its kind, recording gaps in pay according to gender and reporting on how the University is addressing the disparity.

The University has a mean gender pay gap in favour of male employees of 22%, reduced from 23.1% in the previous year.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West notes “small but meaningful” reductions in this year’s figures compared to the 2018 report. She said: “Over the past year, the University has taken significant steps towards securing a more diverse community and ensuring that women are better represented at all levels to make the best use of the talent, skill and commitment found across our institution.

“However, our gender pay gap remains significant. It is clear that there is much more to do and we must continue to challenge ourselves, and each other, to achieve equality for all staff, at all levels.”

The latest report shows that men remain over-represented in senior roles and under-represented in lower-level roles. This is a significant contributor to the current gender pay gap, although there has been some movement towards correcting this disparity.

The report also highlights a number of initiatives introduced to tackle the gender pay gap and support improved representation and progression of women including: reforming recruitment procedures; reviewing senior pay and promotion processes; and developing new leadership training and development programmes. The University will also build on its success in securing Silver in the Athena SWAN awards that promote gender equality in higher education.

The calculations required by the legislation include splitting pay calculations into quartiles. The proportion of female staff in the higher paid two quartiles has increased when compared with the 2017 results. The upper quartile has increased from 37.6% female staff representation to 40.1%, and the upper middle from 49.5% female staff representation to 51.9%.

An updated version of the March 2018 gender pay gap report is also available on the HR website. The report has been updated to include casual worker data.

View the 2019 gender pay gap report on the HR website.

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