Could job sharing solve universities' big gender pay gap problem? | Emma Watton and Sarah Stables

Job sharing is often still seen by university employers as weak management or a special favour. Attitudes must change

This year’s Equal Pay Day falls on 14 November. It’s the day women in the UK effectively start working the remainder of the year for free because of the gender pay gap. There are differences between sectors and industries but education is among the worst, with a pay gap of 25.9% as opposed to the national average of 17.9%. This means that a woman employed in education works, on average, 95 days a year without being paid.

This is a problem across the education system, but is particularly bad in leadership. Despite increases in recent years only 27% of university vice-chancellors and chairs of the governing bodies which run universities are women. There is similar underrepresentation of women leading academic faculties and schools.

Related: 2VCs on ... are women academics blocked from the top?

Related: 'Talented women of colour are blocked' – why are there so few black female professors?

Emma Watton is an executive MBA programme director at Lancaster University Management School and Sarah Stables is a director at Stables & Co Innovation

Continue reading...