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OUP sees decrease in gender pay gap


We have released our UK gender pay gap report for the financial year ending March 2019, in line with UK government regulations.

The report reveals that the median pay gap has decreased by 0.9%, from 13.4% in 2017/18 to 12.5% in 2018/19. The mean pay gap has also decreased from 23.1% last year, to 22.1%. 

OUP has more than 6,000 employees across the world, with approximately one-third based in the UK. Our UK gender pay gap figures are included the University of Oxford’s report—due to be released later this year—but we release our own report as part of our commitment to improving diversity and inclusion, and minimizing the gender pay gap.

The report shows that women are now paid more than men in the lower, lower middle, and upper middle quartiles, which has resulted in an overall reduction of the pay gap. The pay gap in the upper quartile has remained broadly the same; improvements in this area have been offset by OUP recruiting more technologists—a sector that tends to be more male dominated.

To minimize the pay gap, OUP has a number of initiatives in place, including:

  • Mentoring opportunities for women through the 30% Club
  • Leadership and management training
  • Unconscious bias training for hiring managers
  • Blind screening of candidates for senior roles through head hunters
  • Running networks and events to inspire and support women around career development

Speaking about the figures, Group HR Director, Lesley Sommerville, said: “I’m delighted that our UK gender pay gap is decreasing. Although we still have more work to do, it’s encouraging to see that the steps we have taken to support women in the workplace have already made a positive difference. We have even more initiatives and activities in the pipeline to help us reduce our pay gap further in the future.” 

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