British universities report a wide gender pay gap

University of Buckingham is the worst in England with a 37 per cent difference in average hourly rate

Universities pay their average male employee 13.7 per cent more than their average female employee.

The sector’s gender pay gap was 60 per cent above the national average of 8.6 per cent. Figures were revealed in the government’s second annual gender pay gap survey.

The University of Buckingham reported a 37 per cent pay gap between its average male and female employees – the largest of any university. The public university with the largest pay gap was Loughborough University which had a 35.7 per cent difference.

The figure shows the difference between the median hourly rate of pay for male and female employees. This is calculated by ranking employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle.

That means, in 2018, a middle-ranking woman at the University of Buckingham earned 63p for every £1 a middle-ranking man earned.

A University of Buckingham spokeswoman said: “This is partly due to the University recruiting more apprentices. Also, women in the lowest pay bracket mostly work part-time because Buckingham offers great flexibility to those with family responsibilities who’re attracted to these roles.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in female staff in the second highest pay category and we have a large number of senior women executives. There’s no evidence of unequal gender pay for undertaking the same role.

“We’ve introduced a wide range of measures to ensure policies and processes are more robust in order to narrow the gender pay gap. These changes are already beginning to bring about improvements.”

Staffordshire University and Ravensbourne University were the only public universities that had no gender pay gap.


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