Gender Pay Gap: 2019 report published

Our latest report shows a further reduction in the gender pay gap, but that there is still work to do.

Our 2019 Gender Pay Gap report, for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, is now available to download.

The report shows a snapshot of data measuring both the mean and median hourly pay for women, compared to the mean and median hourly pay of men employed by the University. This is different to equal pay data, which tells us whether there are differences in pay between men and women doing comparable work.

The University has been publishing gender pay gaps proactively for the past three years.

Highlights from the report

Since 2017 our gender pay gap has reduced and whilst we are pleased that our figures show a reduction, we recognise that there is still some way to go to improve gender balance.

  • The mean gender pay gap at the University is currently 18.9%, compared to 20.1% in 2018 and 22.5% in 2017.
  • The median gender pay gap at the University is 12.5% compared to 14.3% in 2018 and 15.8% in 2017.
  • There are more men than women in more senior roles and more women than men in middle and lower paid roles.

“Gender imbalance across roles is a contributing factor in our gender pay gap and there is still more to do to achieve the right balance”, said Francesca Fowler, Director of HR.

“However, I’m pleased to see that the steps we have already taken, through our focus on recruitment, rewards and people development practices - are already having a positive impact.

“We believe that having a diverse workforce and enabling everyone to perform to their full potential, is essential to our success. Each year we’re learning more about the causes of our pay gap, introducing further programmes of work and embedding long-term sustainable practices to create a fairer and more inclusive workplace.”

To access the 2019 Gender Pay Gap report and further information about equality at Leeds, visit

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