You are:

Gender Pay Gap

UCEA’s gender pay gap ‘toolkit’

The examination of the gender pay gap (GPG) and questioning of where and why these gaps are occurring is not new to Higher Education employers. UCEA has been undertaking work in this area to support members over many years, some jointly with the sector trade unions. The steps that HE employers have been taking appear to be bearing fruit, as the sector’s GPG continues to narrow. There is of course more work to be done and our members will be continuing to take steps to address the causes and ensure that women can progress in their workforces.

It is at institutional level that the GPG numbers and actions really matter. From April 2017 all employers in Great Britain with more than 250 employees, and therefore nearly all UCEA member institutions, are required by law to publish – by March 2018 and then annually - GPG data on their own website and the Government’s dedicated website

This does not apply to employers in Scotland and Wales covered by separate public sector duties who have to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012, or the Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) (Wales) Regulations 2011, and therefore need to publish or report under separate requirements. The deadline for reporting for most ‘public sector’ organisations in England (including HEIs) is 30 March 2018 - for businesses and charities 4 April 2018 - and then annually thereafter. Publication of such data has been similarly required in Scotland and Wales prior to this, so UCEA member institutions in these devolved nations are already reporting their data. There is currently no legal requirement for gender pay gap reporting in Northern Ireland but there are plans to introduce it under the Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

We bring together here relevant and useful resources for members and have collated these in a ‘toolkit’ that will be updated and added to accordingly.


Infographics: ‘Examining the gender pay gap in Higher Education’

UCEA Briefings and Advice

External links and examples

Case studies

Gender Pay Gap Data

For advice, queries or volunteering of GPG case studies relating to this page please contact Andy Fryer or Marc Whittaker