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The University of Cambridge has today published its 2019 Gender Pay Gap Report, which is the third mandatory report to be published in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017. The report presents the gender pay gap for the University Group, which includes Cambridge University Press and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), a department of the University forming part of Cambridge Assessment. This year, the gender pay gap figures for each of the three entities have also been published.

The report shows that progress in reducing the gender pay gap continues to be made. The median gap for the University Group has reduced by 2.2%, from 13.7% in 2018 to 11.5% in 2019. The mean has also reduced by 1.3%, from 19.7% to 18.4%.

The main contributing factor to the gender pay gap at the University remains vertical segregation: fewer women than men in senior roles, and more women than men in lower paid roles. However, proportions of women in the upper quartiles are increasing.

Whilst there are encouraging results, we recognise that there is still a long way to go. Our 2019 Gender Pay Gap report outlines the various initiatives the University has been working on with the aim of eliminating the gap, including institutional culture and family friendly actions, career progression and pay actions, and recruitment actions.

This year, the report also includes details of the initiatives of Cambridge University Press and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, which have similar focuses to the Academic University.

For the first time, the Academic University has also chosen to report its Ethnicity Pay Gap figures, which show a median pay gap of 0.0%, and a mean pay gap of 2.5% in favour of White staff.

The University remains committed to closing its gender pay gap. More information on the initiatives in place to help achieve this can be found in this year’s report, at


18 March 2020