University of Leeds pays women a lot less than it pays men. The mean gender pay gap here is 18.9% (see published data for 2018-19).  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 included the need for genuine and meaningful action on this issue but the employers refused to engage with UCU in serious talks at a national level.

UCU submitted a gender pay claim to the University of Leeds in August 2018. 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 2019.

The university publishes annually a report and recommendations on the gender pay gap, as it’s required to by law. See the 2018-19 report.

UCU has asked the university senior management to share with us the detailed information behind the report, and to dig deeper and collate more information, including intersectional data on ethnicity, age group and disability, so with our help the senior management can make more effective plans to end the gender pay gap.

Working for free?

A 20.1% pay gap is equivalent to women at the University of Leeds working for 69 days for free. So effectively it’s not until 9th March (the day after International Women’s Day) that women start getting paid.

Put another way, if a woman works 7½ hours a day (see also, workloads…), we’ll be working for free after the first 6 hours and 5 minutes.

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This page was last updated on 8 March 2020