On average, White academic staff in British higher education institutions are paid 14% more than their Black academic colleagues according to a survey by the University and College Union – a body representing over 120,000 academic and non-academic staff in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.
The UCU’s analysis of the 2017/18 Higher Education Statistics Agency staff record shows that, overall, BME staff suffer a pay gap of 9% compared to white academic staff. Staff from a black background suffer the greatest pay gap (14%), compared to their white colleagues.
It found that BME staff were underrepresented in the top roles. One in nine white academic staff (11%) are professors, compared to just one in 33 (3%) black academic staff. One in 15 (7%) of Asian academic staff are professors. Overall, 84% of academic staff are white, but 93% of professors are white, as are 91% of academic-related managers.
University and College Union (2019) Black academic staff face double whammy in promotion and pay stakes, available at https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10360/Black-academic-staff-face-double-whammy-in-promotion-and-pay-stakes