• Among all academic staff, including professors, the gap is much more pronounced, at 12.6%, a difference of £6,042 per year.
• 22.2% of professors are female, and only 5.2% of female academic staff are professors. By comparison, 15.2% of male academic staff are professors, proportionally three times the total of female professors.
The 2015 pay claim by five trade unions for the sector included the following ambitions:
• To further develop some of the gender pay issues that emerged out of the work of the New JNCHES working group and the employers to undertake positive UK wide action to address the continuing gender pay gap in higher education.
• Joint work leading to national guidance based on the New JNCHES gender pay gap working group research targeted at gender pay differentials for professors and senior staff above spine point 51, to provide greater transparency of pay and criteria for pay progression. (Joint work leading to national guidance based on the New JNCHES gender pay gap working group research targeted on gender pay for professors and senior staff above spine point 51, providing for greater transparency of pay and criteria around pay progression.)
• Mandatory biennial equal pay audits (by gender, race and disability) in all HEIs.