BOT­TOM OF THE SLUSH PILE: EL­SE­VIER HAS BIG­GEST GULF AMONG PUB­LISH­ERS

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Aca­demic pub­lish­ers have re­vealed sig­nif­i­cant gen­der pay gaps, most no­tably El­se­vier.

The com­pany, which em­ploys about 1,200 peo­ple in the UK, re­ported a mean av­er­age pay gap of 29.1 per cent and a me­dian gap of 40.4 per cent.

RELX, El­se­vier’s par­ent com­pany, has com­mit­ted to hav­ing a global work­force that is 51 per cent fe­male and 49 per cent male. But El­se­vier said that a lack of women in se­nior roles was to blame for its fig­ures.

“Many fac­tors con­trib­ute to this. For ex­am­ple, El­se­vier re­cruits a lot of em­ploy­ees from STEM [sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics] in­dus­tries, which at­tract more men than women,” the com­pany stated.

Tay­lor & Fran­cis, which re­vealed the sec­ond-high­est gap at 24.2 per cent, has a sim­i­larly high ra­tio of men to women in se­nior jobs de­spite the over­all work­force be­ing two-thirds women.

The ma­jor­ity of pub­lish­ing houses were no­table for pay­ing much larger bonuses to men than women. The gen­der gap in the value of bonuses at Wiley, for ex­am­ple, stood at 42.3 per cent. At Tay­lor & Fran­cis, the gap was 57.6 per cent in the year lead­ing up to April 2017.

Rachael Pells

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