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Closing the gender pay gap may take 40 years, says UCU

Universities need to raise their game in tackling the unmerited differentials in the pay received by male and female staff, the University and College Union has warned.

Using data compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the trade union has tracked changes in pay for male and female staff of the same status. Although the gap is closing, it is happening at an unacceptably slow rate, the union said in a report issued on 25 May.

The report shows that in 2015-16, there was a 12 per cent gap in pay for academic staff, compared with 12.3 per cent in 2014-15 and 12.6 per cent in 2013-14.

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