As leaders of the engineering profession’s Diversity & Inclusion Programme, the Royal Academy of Engineering has voluntarily undertaken an analysis of the gender pay gap among its own employees. 

The analysis has found that there is currently a pay gap in favour of women when considering mean hourly pay, at -2.19%, but in favour of men when considering median hourly pay gap, at 9.19%. 

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering, comments:

“While these data compare well to many engineering organisations, there is some further work to be done to understand our median pay gap and we are not complacent: we will continue to look for opportunities to reduce any bias and promote inclusion and fairness throughout our organisation. Our work to ensure that employees in our own organisation and across the engineering profession as a whole better represent the diversity of UK society, and that bias does not impact pay or career progression, continues to be one of our highest priorities.”

The Academy has a staff of 100, of which 62% are female. Organisations with fewer than 250 employees are not legally required to report on their gender pay gap.

The Academy’s gender pay gap analysis is part of its ongoing work to model best practice in diversity and inclusion as an employer. In December 2016, the Academy, working in partnership with the Science Council, launched a new framework, the first of its kind, to help professional bodies assess and monitor their progress on diversity and inclusion. Twenty professional engineering institutions (PEIs) and 21 scientific bodies self-assessed their performance against the framework and reported on their findings in February.