British Library publishes latest Gender Pay Gap information

The British Library today reported on its Gender Pay Gap for the second year of what is now 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 at the British Library is currently 3.89%, against a provisional national mean pay gap of 17.1% (Office of National Statistics, October 2018). This is a reduction from our previous figure (6.22%) which was published in January last year, and represents a decrease of more than a third.

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

The British Library is making progress in closing the Gender Pay Gap, however this critical work is far from over. Along with continuing a range of progressive measures to increase our flexibility and attractiveness as a workplace, we will develop the leadership and management skills of our staff, with a particular focus on career development and management training for women.

Our goal is to eliminate the Gender Pay Gap at the British Library by 2023, and we will use the latest data as a benchmark for future improvements, ensuring that departmental plans across the Library support change and progress in each area. The Library’s Leadership Team remain committed to increasing our diversity as an employer and to making the British Library the most inspiring and fulfilling place to work in the UK cultural sector.

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The British Library
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