Gender pay

At Cambridge University Press & Assessment we fully support the UK Government’s initiative to highlight gender pay gaps within organisations in the UK. We are committed to publishing our UK gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap measures the difference in the average earnings between men and women across an organisation. This is different from equal pay, which ensures men and women receive equal pay for equal work. Our gender pay gap is explained by the proportions of men and women at different levels of the organisation. We are confident it is not due to any pay disparity for equal work. The organisation’s reward structure supports the fair treatment and reward of employees, irrespective of gender.

We feel the diversity of our workforce makes a positive and important contribution to the continuing success of our organisation. Closing the gender pay gap will take time, but we are committed to providing more opportunities for both existing and new employees to progress on the basis of ability alone. Together, our current and future initiatives will help to provide an environment and culture that supports our aim.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a diverse and inclusive place to work. We are part of the University of Cambridge, which is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality. We are a global organisation, serving customers and representing colleagues all over the world. Diversity, in all its various forms, is key to our success.

We are proud signatories to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and seek to align our work in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our work to close the gap helps us to meet our responsibilities in the areas of human rights. It also supports the delivery of SDG 5 – gender equality. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but an essential factor in building a sustainable world.

Over the four years that we have reported on our gender pay gap, we have made considerable progress. Our challenge now is to maintain that progress and mitigate the challenges of the last 12 months. There are several ways we are doing this, which you can read about in our report.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment was formed on 1 August 2021, bringing together two organisations: Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment. The reports below provide more information about each organisation’s position from 2017 to the present.


Cambridge Assessment report 2020

In March 2021 Cambridge Assessment completed its fourth year of gender pay gap reporting, and we are pleased to share this data with you. The data in the latest report was captured on 31 March 2020 and shows a decrease in our gender pay gap of 1.24 per cent from the previous year. This figure represents the median pay gap; we have also seen a decrease of 0.93 per cent for the mean pay gap. The median gap in pay between male and female employees at Cambridge Assessment is 7.49 per cent, while the mean is 8.59 per cent.

Cambridge Assessment gender pay report 2020


Cambridge University Press report 2020

The figures for 2020 show an improvement in the Press’s median gender pay gap in comparison with 2019, reducing from 15.9 per cent to 13.8 per cent. The mean has also reduced – from 20.7 per cent to 18.5 per cent. We are taking action to close the gap, including around our culture and families, career progression, pay and recruitment. Please read the full report to find out more.

Cambridge University Press gender pay report 2020