The median pay gap is the difference between the midpoints in the ranges of hourly earnings of BME staff and white staff. It takes all salaries in the sample, lines them up in order from lowest to highest, and picks the middle salary. We believe this is a more representative measure of the pay gap at Imperial because it is not affected by outliers – a few individuals at the top or bottom of the range.

The mean ethnicity pay gap is the difference between the average hourly earnings of BME staff and white staff.

The main reason for both of these gaps is that we have more white staff than BME staff in senior, more well-paid roles. 

mean and median

  • Median hourly rate for total pay: £21.09 for BME staff; £23.29 for white staff
  • Imperial's median ethnicity pay gap: 9.4% 
  • Mean hourly rate for total pay: £23.22 for BME staff; £28.65 for white staff
  • Imperial's mean ethnicity pay gap: 19.0%

There continues to be no official Higher Education sector figures reported for ethnicity pay gaps. The national average for 2020 has not yet been published.