TAKE YOUR CHANCES: WIDE VA­RI­ETY IN RE­SEARCH COUN­CIL PER­FOR­MANCE

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The gen­der pay gap among the UK’s re­search coun­cils has been shown to vary widely, with In­no­vate UK re­port­ing by far the largest di­vide.

The agency said that women were paid 26 per cent less than men per hour, ac­cord­ing to the mean av­er­age, while the me­dian gap was 36 per cent.

Women hold just

29 per cent of top-paid jobs at the or­gan­i­sa­tion and their av­er­age bonuses for the year lead­ing up to April 2017 were 30 per cent lower than those of their male col­leagues.

At the other end of the scale, the Eco­nomic and So­cial Re­search Coun­cil re­ported a mean av­er­age pay gap of 2.6 per cent – thought to be the low­est across higher ed­u­ca­tion and re­search – and a me­dian pay gap of zero.

There are sig­nif­i­cantly more women across all lev­els of the work­force and 59 per cent of women re­ceived bonus pay, com­pared with

49 per cent of men.

Sir Mark Wal­port, chief ex­ec­u­tive of um­brella body UK Re­search and In­no­va­tion, said that the fig­ures demon­strated that “there is a job to be done to iden­tify and share ef­fec­tive prac­tice in equal­ity, diver­sity and in­clu­sion” across all re­search coun­cils.

Rachael Pells

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