Female academics earn less than men as pay gap widens in collegesOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today The gender pay gap between university academics is widening, according toresearch. Some UK universities are paying women about 75 per cent of the average maleacademic salary and the gap has widened over the last five years. The research, by the Association of University Teachers, names and shamesthe institutions that have poor records on equal pay. The worst offenders are St George’s Hospital medical school in South London,the London Business School and Wye College. At these colleges, female pay lagsup to 30 per cent behind male pay. There are also regional variations. In London universities, men earn onaverage £39,010, whereas women get just £30,735. Wales has the biggestdiscrepancies in the regions between gender pay, with women earning only anaverage of £26,352, compared to the male average of £32,355. David Triesman, general secretary of the Association of University Teachers,said, “Despite continued assurances from universities about the importantrole of equality on campus, we have seen an increase in pay discrimination yetagain. “There is now a very clear and urgent case for the Government anduniversities to work together to end this disgraceful practice.” Four higher education institutions paid women more. The research indicatesthat the Surrey Institute of Art and Design has the best record on equal pay. Angela Fisher, personnel manager at the institute, said, “Although wedon’t have a deliberate scheme to promote equality, our pay scheme is linked toindividual merit and qualifications rather than gender. “Equal values is a key element in any university’s personnel policy,and I think we will see a lot more universities dealing more effectively withthe equality challenge in the future.” The research is based on figures from the Higher Education StatisticsAgency. www.aut.org.By Robert De La Poer Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.