Magazine article Times Higher Education

'Striking' Inequalities in Higher Education Fuel Gender Pay Gap

Magazine article Times Higher Education

'Striking' Inequalities in Higher Education Fuel Gender Pay Gap

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UK's female academics paid an average of £6,146 less than men, report finds. Jack Grove reports

Twice as many male academics as female scholars earn more than £50,000 a year, new figures on academia's gender pay gap show.

Some 37,425 male academics in the UK are paid at least £50,000, compared with just 17,415 female academics - a ratio of more than two to one, according a new analysis of 2013-14 data by the Equality Challenge Unit.

It means that despite making up 55.4 per cent of the workforce, 68.2 per cent of higher earners in academia are men, says the ECU's Equality in Higher Education: Statistical Report 2015, due to be published on 9 November. Put another way, one in five female academics earns above £50,000, while one in three men does so, it adds.

There are similar disparities for professional and support staff, with 3.9 per cent of women and 7.9 per cent of men paid more than £50,000.

Other inequalities also exist for female academics; they are less likely to have a permanent post and more likely to be part-time or employed on a teaching-only contract.

Women account for only one in five vice-chancellors and one in three deputy and pro vice-chancellors. Among academic staff, women make up just 22.4 per cent of the cohort.

The lack of women in senior posts, allied with the disparities on contract type, are likely to explain why female academics in the UK are paid £6,146 less on average than men, representing a gap of 13.6 per cent, said the report's author Stephanie Neave, the ECU's research and data manager. She called the inequalities "striking". …

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