British Library publishes Gender Pay Gap information

The British Library today published Gender Pay Gap information relating to its staff, in the first of what will become an annual cycle of reporting. As an employer with over 250 staff, the Library is required by law to carry out Gender Pay reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.

The gender pay gap between men and women working at the British Library is currently 6.22%, against a current national mean of 17.4% (Fawcett Society, November 2017).

For more information on how the figures break down, see our Gender Pay Gap report.

We are working hard to eliminate this gap by 2023 by making the Library the most inspiring and fulfilling place to work in the cultural sector. We have recently introduced a fairer and more attractive pay system and we are working on progressive policies to increase our flexibility as an employer, supporting smarter working, providing career breaks as well as childcare provision in London and Yorkshire.

There is still much to do, but the Library’s Leadership Team is fully committed to increasing our diversity as an employer and also by appealing to as broad a range of users as possible.

For more information:

Ben Sanderson
The British Library
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