Gender Pay Gap

We know that to be a world-class university we must be a truly inclusive university.

We have monitored our gender pay gap since 2003 and have been successfully taking actions to reduce it.

This is the second year we have published our gender pay gap figures, taking a partnership approach to our gender pay gap analysis and action planning, working closely with Human Resources, Trade Unions, our Gender Equality Committee and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Gender Pay Gap report shows a reduction in our gender pay gap. It has also highlighted a lack of gender balance across all grades, and the University remains committed to a number of long-term actions to address this.

​Our next immediate action is to run and analyse our 2019 gender pay gap figures. We plan to do this in April 2019. This is important as it will allow us to compare three years of gender pay gap data; identify and analyse any trends; and develop more targeted actions. We will run the data in April 2019, and we hope to be in a position to provide an update on next steps by July 2019.


Gender Pay Gap (GPG) Report, March 2018

GPG Report Coverpage

Our 2018 gender pay gap figures, the difference between the average earnings of men and women across our whole workforce, show a reduction in our mean and median gender pay gap from 2017.

We are pleased that our gender pay gap is showing a continued reduction, but we are not complacent. We are committed to continuing with actions we already have in place to create gender balance across the workforce, whilst identifying further actions to reduce the gap at a greater pace.

In our most recent staff survey, 94 per cent of respondents said that the University respects people regardless of their gender.

GPG is different from equal pay, which compares the pay of males and females doing the same jobs, similar jobs or work of equal value within an organisation. At the University of Sheffield, roles of equal value are paid on the same grade within the University’s grading structure. The University's equal pay data can be found within the GPG Report.

We carry out an equal pay review on a three-yearly cycle. In 2018 (as consistent with previous years), we have based this data on a snapshot at 31 July. Future equal pay data will be taken on 31 March, to align with our gender pay gap data. The next equal pay review we undertake will therefore be based on data as at 31 March 2021.


Download the report [PDF, 170 KB]