Widening the gap

June 16, 2016

Calculations based on the data for salary gaps between genders was hardly fair to women (“University of Essex hikes salaries for female professors to eliminate pay gap”, News, 2 June). Percentages of differentials were based on average salaries for men, whereas they should have been calculated upon those for women. Thus, for Queen’s University Belfast, the average pay for professorial women would have to increase by 16.33 per cent (not 14.03 per cent) to match that for men. Similarly, for King’s College London, the average pay for women in all categories would need to increase by 21.56 per cent (not 17.74 per cent) to match that for men.

Graham T. Q. Hoare
Chalfont St Peter


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