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Joint report on gender pay identifies good practice in HE

Joint report on gender pay identifies good practice in the HE sector

HE employers and trade unions* have welcomed the publication of the ‘Gender Pay in HE’ report and its accompanying case studies today. This report concludes more than a year of joint working following the commitment made in the New JNCHES** pay agreement for 2014-15.

HE employers and trade unions undertook joint work on gender pay in higher education by examining qualitative information on gender pay interventions with a view to identifying and actively promoting good practice. When researching the report, the working group collected qualitative examples from within and beyond HE to understand better the nature of gender pay gaps where they exist, the possible reasons for these, and the types of measures being taken to address them.

Professor Nick Petford, Chair of the Gender Pay joint working group and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said:

 “The gender pay gap remains a stubborn challenge, not just for UK higher education but for employers of all kinds in the wider economy. While our new JNCHES report acknowledges that universities alone cannot solve this complex issue it serves to highlight examples of good practice from across the university sector and to encourage further positive change from within. As Chair I would like to thank on behalf of the working group of university and trade union representatives those institutions who put forward case studies. The sharing of their experiences in tackling the gender pay gap has been invaluable. The message is simple - innovation and leadership really can make a difference.”

Sue Endean, member of the working group and Deputy Chief Executive of UCEA, said:

“It has been good to see UCEA and our HE trade unions working together in understanding the complexities that surround gender pay gaps in UK HE. This report builds on the learning that came out of the New JNCHES Equal Pay reviews work done in 2013. It was agreed that there would be merit in examining qualitative information on gender pay gap interventions with a view to identifying and actively promoting the good practice out in the sector and beyond. Central to this was the involvement of HE institutions as case studies willing to share their experience and learning.”
With this joint work successfully concluded, UCEA has, subject to acceptance of the 2015-16 final pay offer, offered further joint work in this area as a key theme in the trade unions’ pay equality claim. The work would focus on developing a more sophisticated analysis on the sector’s gender pay gap data, looking at  gender pay gaps between job levels and information on occupational segregation using data drawn from the existing agreed datasets***.”

* EIS, GMB, UCU, UNISON and Unite
**  The New JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff) 2014-15 Gender Pay working group conducted its joint work with UCEA and representative HE employers and the higher education trade unions.
*** Such as the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and the HESA Staff Record.

For further information from the employers’ side please contact Andy Fryer, Head of Communications and Membership ( or Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer ( Call 020 7383 2444.

The report is freely available in pdf format via the UCEA website