Current projects

Find out more about our current research projects.

Gender Pay Gaps in Medicine Review

Figures published by the BBC on 16 Feb 2018 reveal a persistent 14 per cent gap for doctors. In May 2018, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, launched a review chaired by Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians, examining the continued problem of gender pay gaps in medicine. The evidence base informing the review is being assembled by a team of academics based primarily at the University of Surrey.

About the project

The project is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and will report back at the end of 2018.

It will utilise rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate psychological, sociological, cultural, institutional and organisational causes of gender pay gaps in medicine. The overall aim, on the basis of findings, is to make justified and implementable recommendations for national policy initiatives to reduce the gap.

To achieve this the project stages involve:

  • Reviewing existing literature, setting out what is already known about doctors’ gender pay gaps
  • Commissioning NHS Digital to a undertake a quantitative review of the size of gender pay gaps within specialisms, roles and career stages, decomposing factors that influence it. We are especially interested in pivotal points where pay gaps start to grow and in the consequences of the gap for lifetime earnings and pensions. Included here are all elements that make up total pay
  • Gathering qualitative information via telephone interviews and / or focus groups with doctors on social and cultural facilitators and barriers that might shed light on the origins of pay differences in medical careers. Creating an original survey circulated to doctors to understand how widespread are trends that we are learned within the qualitative data
  • Liaising with stakeholders to ensure that we approach the topic from a variety of perspectives.

We are shortly going to be putting out a call for men and women participants at all stages of career and all specialisms to be interviewed on the topic of their medical careers, where key incidents have occurred, the consequences of them and the causes of them.

Our people

Name Roles and responsibilities

Professor Carol Woodhams

University of Surrey

Principal investigator

  • Synthesis of project strands into final report
  • Leading on steering group/ stakeholder relations
  • Liaising with Chair/DHSC
  • Access arrangements.

Dr Ioannis Laliotis

University of Surrey

  • Commissioning scope and fields of analysis from NHS Digital
  • Leading on analysis and quantitative data reporting.

Dr Jo Blanden

University of Surrey

  • Oversight and coordination of quantitative element.

Dr Mark Williams

University of Surrey

  • Assisting on quantitative data analysis
  • Leading GP data analysis
  • Input into survey design.

Professor Carol Atkinson

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Design, administration and analysis of telephone interviews / focus groups and qualitative survey.

Sheila Wild

Equal Pay Portal

  • Literature reviewing
  • Advising on interview schedule and survey items
  • Steering group and stakeholder arrangements
  • Synthesising findings and recommendations.

Dr Duncan Brown

Institute of Employment Studies

  • Advisory
  • Quality assurance
  • Recommendations, review of final report.

Contact us

Find us

Department of People and Organisations
Rik Medlik Building
University of Surrey