UBC giving 2 per cent raise to all tenure-stream female faculty

Pay gap a concern at other universities, including Western, McGill
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2013

The University of British Columbia (UBC) has decided to give every tenure-track and tenured female faculty member a two per cent raise to address gender pay inequity.

The initiative is the result of several internal pay equity studies that found full-time female professors were receiving $14,000 less than their male counterparts. Once confounding factors were taken into consideration, there was still a $3,000 gap between genders — which works out to about two per cent of an annual salary, said Rachel Kuske, senior advisor to the provost on women faculty at UBC in Vancouver.

“When you remove factors like what faculty you’re in, what rank you’re at, how many years you were in a particular position — which of course would cause differences — and remove all of those, then what was left… was unexplained by any of the other factors, so it could only be contributed to gender,” she said.