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OUP Gender Pay Report released for 2017/18

OUP Gender Pay Report released for 2017/18

21 March 2019

We have released our UK Gender Pay Gap Report for the financial year ending March 2018, in line with UK government regulations. While our data is included in the wider Oxford University Gender Pay Gap Report, we have chosen to release our own separate report as we are committed to working toward better gender balance in our organization.

Comparing our latest report with figures from last year, data shows that our mean pay gap has decreased from 24.1 percent in 2016/17 to 23.1 per cent in 2017/18, while our median pay gap has increased from 12.6 per cent in 2016/17 to 13.4 per cent in 2017/18.

We have more than 6,000 employees across the world, and approximately one third are based in the UK. Two key reasons that are driving the pay gap in the UK are that fewer women than men occupy OUP’s highest-paying senior leadership roles, and, as was the case last year, higher market salary rates affect some functions that have a higher proportion of male employees, such as technology.

In 2018, we launched a range of initiatives and approaches to support gender diversity at all levels of the organization. These included leadership development programmes, mentoring opportunities, gender-balanced job applicant short-listing, blind selection of candidates for senior roles, flexible working, shared parental leave, and the launch of a Women’s Network, among other things. In the coming year we also plan to introduce unconscious bias training for employees and managers. We expect that over time these activities will have a measurable positive impact on our gender pay gap. 

Speaking about the report, OUP’s Group HR Director Lesley Sommerville, commented: 'We put a range of global initiatives in place in 2018 with the aim of sustaining an inclusive working environment worldwide. Ensuring we achieve a better gender balance across our organization is an important part of that work, and we expect these measures to have a measurable, positive influence on reducing our UK gender pay gap over time.'

Read our full 2018 UK Gender Pay Gap Report