UBC female tenure-stream faculty receive 2% pay raise

February 4, 2013

UBC has promised all female tenure-stream faculty members a 2% pay increase by the end of February, which is expected to cost the institution about $2 million this year. But the total cost of the pay hike should prove much higher as it is retroactive to July 1, 2010. The pay increase comes as a result of internal equity studies that found that female professors of all ranks earned $3,000 less on average, a gap that could only be explained by gender after accounting for other factors. Salary top-ups targeting gender salary gaps are not uncommon in PSE, but many of those efforts have only increased the salaries of those calculated to be underpaid, while UBC’s approach is unusual in awarding all 800 women in tenured or tenure-track positions a raise. Globe and Mail