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.

Bonuses including Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA)

  • The proportions of BME staff and white staff paid a bonus including CEA: 311 of 2673 BME staff (11.6%); 1089 of 6025 white staff (18.1%)
  • Mean bonus pay including CEA: £3,823.57 for BME staff; £4,618.36 for white staff
  • Mean ethnicity pay gap for bonus pay including CEA: 17.2%
  • Median bonus pay including CEA: £1,000.00 for BME staff; £1,500.00 for white staff
  • Median ethnicity pay gap for bonus pay including CEA: 33.3%

Bonuses excluding Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA)

  • The proportions of BME staff and white staff paid a bonus excluding CEA: 283 of 2673 BME staff (10.6%); 1002 of 6025 white staff (16.6%)
  • Mean bonus pay excluding CEA: £1,458.37 for BME staff; £1,760.81 for white staff
  • Mean ethnicity pay gap for bonus pay excluding CEA: 17.2%
  • Median bonus pay excluding CEA: £1,000.00 for BME staff; £1,000.00 for white staff
  • Median ethnicity pay gap for bonus pay excluding CEA: 0.0%

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) only

  • The proportions of BME staff and white staff who received CEA payments: 29 of 144 BME staff (20.1%); 89 of 286 white staff (31.1%)
  • Mean bonus pay for CEA payments: £26,772.79 for BME staff; £36,686.08 for white staff
  • Mean ethnicity pay gap for CEA payments: 27.0%
  • Median bonus pay for CEA payments: £18,096.00 for BME staff; £36,192.00 for white staff
  • Median ethnicity pay gap for CEA payments: 50.0%