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11 May 2017

Gender pay gap in higher education

Fascinating table of salaries in UK universities recently published by Times Higher Education.   

The analysis reveals that the overall pay gap between male and female academics in the UK was 10.53 per cent in 2015-16, a 0.43 percentage point decrease on 2014-15.

It marks the fifth consecutive year that the gap has narrowed. However, while across the UK, the gender pay gap for professors remained smaller at 5.83 per cent, this represented an increase on the year before of 0.06 percentage points.

More men than women expect a pay rise and a promotion

While one in three UK employees plan to pitch their bosses for extra pay and take a step up the job ladder with a promotion this year, male employees were much more likely to make a bid for this double progression than their female colleagues. 40 per cent of male jobseekers questioned by job search engine Adzuna are planning on a pay rise and a promotion in 2017, with just 25 per cent of women setting their sights on this dual goal.

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: “A gender divide seems to be alive and well, according to this study. Although equal numbers of men and women planned to pick up a pay rise this year, far more men than women also hankered after a promotion from their current role. There may be some unrealistic male bravado here, but women also need to raise their expectations (and employers to promote them) if we are to see more equality in senior positions.”

Isn’t it time we asked why there is a gender divide in expectations? A gender divide neither explains or excuses a gender pay gap, it describes it, and begs the question – what are organisations doing that encourages men to have higher expectations than women?

You can read the full post here.


5 May 2017

For no apparent reason, the gender pay gap in marketing widens

The gender pay gap in marketing has widened significantly over the past year according to the B2B Marketing Salary Survey 2017-18. While the average annual male salary rose to £56,529, the average female salary fell to £42,193.

The research, carried out by B2B Marketing in partnership with The Jefferson Group, also found that average B2B marketing salary has fallen by more than £1500, with the average annual salary for B2B marketers this year being £46,442, a 3.4 per cent drop over the past 12 months. 

Other findings include:

  • Pay in London outstrips the rest of the UK: The average salary in London is £55,074, £13,000 more than the average for the rest of the UK (£41,604).
  • It pays to develop a broad skillset: The average salary of a generalist marketer is higher than the average salary of those who specialise.
  • Professional development has a big impact on salary: Holding a professional marketing qualification, such as a certificate or a diploma, can add more than £5000 to the average annual salary.
What interests me most about this is that a widening of the gap in a single year ( my emphasis) as measured by both an increase in the average male salary and a decrease in the average female salary cannot possibly be down to the motherhood effect.  

What is going on? Would someone like to explain?  Offer some assurance to women working in the industry? Unfortunately, in their press release, neither Joel Harrison, editor-in-chief and co-founder of B2B Marketing, nor Tom Howe, managing partner of The Jefferson Group found the widening of the gender pay gap worthy of comment,