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The University of Southampton
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equal Pay Review and Gender Pay Gap Report

The University is committed to providing equal pay for all our employees, as set out in our Equal Pay Policy. We publish pay gap data annually and conduct regular Equal Pay Reviews to ensure that we pay our staff fairly, equitably and without discrimination by gender, ethnicity, disability and other protected characteristic.

The two methods of reporting are very different:

Our Equal Pay Reviews are accompanied by recommendations and action plans designed to address both issues, as well as raising awareness of the internal and external drivers that underpin them.

You can find out published reports here:

Equal Pay Review 2022 (in progress) Gender Pay Gap Data 2022
Equal Pay Review 2019 Gender Pay Gap Data 2021
Equal Pay Review 2018 Gender Pay Gap Data 2020
Equal Pay Review 2017 Gender Pay Gap Data 2019
Equal Pay Review 2015 Gender Pay Gap Data 2018
  Gender Pay Gap Data 2017

We are encouraged that our equal pay reviews demonstrate that the University provides equal pay for work of equal value, and that our mean gender pay gap has reduced progressively since statutory gender pay gap reporting commenced in 2018. Our most recent gender pay return shows a mean gender pay gap of 16.2 per cent and a median gender pay gap of 21.5 per cent.

We are confident that this gender pay gap does not stem from paying men and women differently for work of equal value; the calculations instead reflect the significant gender differences in occupations across the University and the attrition of women at higher pay grades.

The University has taken steps to address these trends. We have implemented changes to our career pathways, appraisal and promotions processes, with an understanding that all staff require proactive encouragement and support to make the most of the career development opportunities available to them. There have also been targeted initiatives aimed at supporting women to progress at a faster rate.

As a founding signatory of the Athena Swan Charter, and holder of a Silver Athena Swan award, we recognise the specific challenges that affect men and women in academic careers, which leads to fewer women at senior levels of higher education. We are committed to addressing these issues, to maximise the potential of all our staff.

Last update: 31 October2023 [AM]

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