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Equal pay review 2 (2012)

Solent’s second equal pay review was undertaken in August 2012.

The purpose of an equal pay review being to make sure that there is equal pay for jobs that are rated of equal worth. At Solent ‘worth’ is rated by two job evaluation schemes: HERA and Croner.

The second equal pay review has been undertaken using independent and external experts: NorthgateArinso and Ann Cummins of Humanus. Data collection and analysis was much improved for the second review due primarily to the new HR/payroll system that was introduced between the two reviews.   

The headlines from the review and the report in both summary and full versions can be found below:


  • The University's gender pay gap has reduced from 16% to 10% in the three years between the first and second equal pay reviews.
  • The University's gender pay gap (10%) compares favourably with external benchmark data in relation to the HE sector (20%) and the whole economy (20%).
  • There are no significant gender total pay gaps within the Solent grade structure.
  • At faculty and service level gender pay gaps have also reduced between Equal Pay Review 1 and Equal Pay Review 2 to:

                   FBSE 8%

                   FCIS 6%

                   MarTec 16%

                   Services 7%

  • An analysis of the starting salaries of 260 staff recruited in 2011-12 did not reveal any distinctive pattern of awarding higher salaries to either female or male employees.
  • The University's gender pay gap for part time employees has reduced from 8.13% to 3.42%.
  • The University Employee Equality Forum is progressing several recommendations contained in Equal Pay Review 2.

Page last updated on Monday 14 March 2016 at 9.30am.


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