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