Ethnicity pay gap in bonuses
There are a small number of bonus payments (known as one-off payments) at Imperial – only 16.1% of staff (where ethnicity is known and stated) receive a bonus. This is calculated by the number of white and BME staff (where ethnicity is stated) receiving bonuses against the total number of recorded white and BME staff in the College overall, which is 8788 (these figures do not include staff where their ethnicity is unknown). In 2021, 311 BME employees received bonuses including CEA out of a total cohort of 2,673 (11.6%). In 2021, the College’s mean bonus ethnicity gap has remained at 17.2% (the same as in 2020) but the median gap has increased to 33.3% from 0% in 2020. Our bonus gap is due to the fact that we have fewer BME staff in senior positions, and bonus payments are proportionate to individuals’ salaries. The College issues guidance on the criteria for awarding bonus payments and the amounts that should be awarded for each grade.
The College employs Clinical Academic staff who are employed on NHS National terms and conditions. Some Clinical Academics receive Excellence Awards, which are not under the College’s control or funded by the College. These are in effect bonus payments awarded by the Department of Health & Social Care to senior Clinical Academics based on their clinical and academic contribution.
Although Imperial does not decide these bonuses, they affect the bonus pay gap at the College due to a higher proportion of senior Clinical Academic staff being white. Therefore, Clinical Excellence Awards have been analysed separately.
The figures below show the bonuses for staff where ethnicity is known and stated.