UKRI publishes 2022 gender pay gap report

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its 2022 gender pay gap report.

The report measures the difference between average hourly earnings for women and men across all jobs across the organisation.

Data shows that the mean gender pay gap across UKRI has slightly decreased by 0.6 percentage points:

  • 10.2% in 2021
  • 9.6% in 2022

The median pay gap has decreased 3.5% in the last year:

  • 12.3% in 2021
  • 8.7% in 2022

This shows UKRI has made some progress, although it suggests that there remain barriers to career progression within the organisation that must be addressed.

Ethnicity pay gap

The report also includes our ethnicity pay gap data. This is the second report detailing this data, which shows the difference in average pay of minority ethnic employees compared to white employees:

  • mean ethnicity pay gap: 6.2% (an increase of 1% since 2021)
  • median ethnicity pay gap: 0.2% (a decrease of 3% since 2021)

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UKRI, said:

Our gender pay gap report forms a significant part of our annual reporting cycle to understand our progress in creating a more inclusive and equitable organisational culture.

Our EDI Strategy, published last week, sets our objectives to foster an inclusive and diverse research and innovation system. We are using the pay gap data and other reporting infrastructure to monitor and improve our performance to meet our objectives.

Progress in 2022

We have published our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy and six research council actions plans. Our strategy is a framework that anchors, tests and supports a suite of action plans, tailored to different parts of the research and innovation community.

Read our EDI strategy and action plans.

A workforce EDI plan was published in January which outlined detailed actions to embed EDI across the organisation.

Read our workforce EDI plan.

Next steps

Over the next year we will continue our work to realise the objectives set out in the strategy and action plans.

Further information

The gender pay gap report measures the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women across all jobs across the organisation. The data does not measure the earnings of employees of same job or grade.

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