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Equality and diversity

Gender Pay Gap Report 2020-21

Last updated: 30 March 2021

Introduction

The University of Gloucestershire is committed to advancing equality and valuing diversity in all of its practices. It is developing a culture that actively respects and values differences, recognising that staff and students from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences bring valuable insight to the university; that actively combats prejudice, discrimination and harassment by raising awareness and challenging attitudes. It continues to create fair and open policies and processes that encourage and facilitate staff and students to develop and progress, achieving their true potential.

Our Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 states:

“The university is a people-based organisation. Achievement of all our goals depends on the skills, professionalism and engagement of our staff. The highest priority amongst our enablers is therefore to recruit, retain and motivate excellent staff, and to create a working environment in which all staff can achieve their full potential and be part of the transformational purpose of the university.”

This is our fourth gender pay gap report, enabling a comparison with data collected since 2017. We are starting to see a positive impact as a result of the actions we have been taking, with a reducing trend in both our Mean and Median gap.

Our mean gap is now 15.54%, and our median 13.70%. In our 2017 report our mean gap was 15.58% and our median 18.54%.

Given the positive effect of our action plan, we have taken the decision to consolidate our existing actions.

Contextual information

The university welcomes the opportunity to report on its gender pay gap; we are keen to play our role in achieving real gender equality.

From 2018 we took the decision to incorporate our gender pay gap action plan within our equality and diversity objectives for 2018-2022. We also continue to undertake biennial equal pay reviews, with a review being due later this year, 2020.

One important point to note is that gender pay gap is different to equal pay. Equal pay refers to the differences in pay between men and women who carry out ‘like work’ – work that is broadly similar; work rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme, or work found to be of equal value in terms of effort, skill or decision making. A gender pay gap shows the difference in average pay between men and women, regardless of grade.

Our data*

For the purpose of this calculation, the university’s workforce
was 1,292 with a gender profile which is 59% female and 41% male.

The mean and median gender pay gap based on an hourly rate of pay calculated in accordance with the regulations:

Gender Pay Gap 2020
Mean gender pay gap is 15.54%
Gender Pay Gap 2020
Median gender pay gap is 13.70%

*The workforce profile is based on a snapshot of relevant, full pay employees as at March 2020.The prescriptive nature of the Regulations means that the hourly rates of pay are approximate to our own pay scales.

Pay band quartiles 2020

The proportion of men and women in each quartile pay band.

Each quartile is calculated by dividing the workforce into four equal parts.
For the university this equates to 337 employees per quartile.

Percentage of men and women in each quartile

Our action plan

We are starting to see a positive impacts as a result of the actions we have taken over the last three years.

We recognise that sustained and purposeful change will take time and the impact of our short-term measures will only be effective
in the longer term. We have therefore taken the decision to
consolidate our actions

We will:

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