The British Library has today reported on its Gender Pay Gap for the third year in 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) Regulations 2017.
The Gender Pay Gap at the Library is currently 5.93%, against a provisional national mean pay gap of 16.2% (Office of National Statistics, 2019). This is an increase on our previous figure (3.89%) which was published in January last year, and which was a reduction from the initial figure of 6.22% in the first year of reporting. For more information on how the latest figures break down, see our Gender Pay Gap report.
The Library remains committed to eliminating its Gender Pay Gap by 2023, and we will use the findings of this year’s report to inform and improve our Gender Pay Gap action plan, which includes a range of practical measures to support broader representation, including mandatory unconscious bias training for all Library staff and the introduction of anonymous recruitment procedures.
We continue to focus on attracting more women to senior roles at the Library – representation increased by 8% to 38% between 2017 and 2019. Since then, the ratio has improved further, and the ratio of men to women on our senior management team in 2020 is now 50:50 compared to 62:38 in 2019. A range of progressive measures is also in place to support career development and management training for women at all levels of the Library.
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