University of Leeds pays women a lot less than it pays men. The gender pay gap here is 22.5%. This is significantly worse than the Higher Education average gender pay gap of 12%. UCU has estimated that it would take 40 years to close the gender pay gap at recent rates of progress. This clearly isn’t good enough, and our pay claim in 2018 includes the need for genuine and meaningful action on this issue.
We are calling on the university not just to reduce the gender pay gap, but to end it. There is no excuse for a serious, respected institution, with a wealth of knowledge within it about how structural inequality works, to have not sorted this out by 2018.
The university has produced a report and recommendations on the gender pay gap (PDF), and we are calling on them to share the detailed information behind the report with UCU, and to dig deeper and collate more information, including intersectional data such as the pay gap for BME women, so we can help them to come up with more effective plans to end the gender pay gap.
Working for free?
A 22.5% pay gap is equivalent to women at the University of Leeds working the first term for free – from 10 September to New Year’s Eve.