TAKE YOUR CHANCES: WIDE VARIETY IN RESEARCH COUNCIL PERFORMANCE
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.