There are a small number of bonus payments (known as one-off payments) at Imperial – only 4.5% of staff receive a bonus, and this is evenly split between men and women. Our bonus gap is due to the fact that we have fewer women 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.

Another factor is that 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. 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 the fact that a high proportion of the senior Clinical Academic staff are men. The bonus pay gap would be lower if the Clinical Excellence awards were not included within the figures.

chart showing mean and median gender pay gap for bonus pay - see text belowBonuses including Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA)

  • The proportions of men and women paid a bonus including CEA: 260 of 5,473 men (4.8%); 178 of 4,162 women (4.3%)
  • Mean bonus pay including CEA: £16,270.77 for men; £6,461.05 for women
  • Mean gender pay gap for bonus pay including CEA: 60.3% 
  • Median bonus pay including CEA: £3,000.00 for men; £1,500.00 for women
  • Median gender pay gap for bonus pay including CEA: 50.0%

Bonuses excluding Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA)

  • The proportions of men and women paid a bonus excluding CEA: 164 of 5,473 men (3.0%); 153 of 4,162 women (3.7%)
  • Mean bonus pay excluding CEA: £4,307.55 for men; £2,195.23 for women
  • Mean gender pay gap for bonus pay excluding CEA: 49.0%
  • Median bonus pay excluding CEA: £1,500.00 for men; £1,100.00 for women 
  • Median gender pay gap for bonus pay excluding CEA: 26.7% 

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) only

  • The proportions of men and women who received CEA payments: 97 of 329 men (29.5%); 25 of 179 women (14%)
  • Mean bonus pay for CEA payments: £36,329.50 for men; £32,567.90 for women 
  • Mean gender pay gap for CEA payments: 10.4%
  • Median bonus pay for CEA payments: £35,832.00 for men; £35,832.00 for women
  • Median gender pay gap for CEA payments: 0%