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PhD Studentship: Pay transparency & gender pay differences: devising an effective regulatory framework

Southampton Law School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:   Wednesday 28 February 2018
Reference:  FBLA-LAW-016

Since April 2017 employers with 250 or more employees are obliged to publish employees’ pay data broken down by gender, but it is unclear whether employers will have incentives to address potential gender pay differences. On the other hand, pay information by gender could be useful to support equal value claims before the Employment Tribunals. Since 2014, Employment Tribunals may also require employers to carry out equal pay audits. The audits could uncover systemic gender pay inequalities within organisations, but concerns have also been raised about their practicality, proportionality and potential to effectively address gender pay inequalities. 

Applications are invited for the study of these new regulatory approaches and whether they can become effective tools to address gender pay differences. Socio-legal projects that combine empirical (qualitative and/or quantitative) and theoretical study are particularly welcomed.

This scholarship will be supported by the new ‘Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law’ and the growing expertise and networks of scholars within that centre, and other University interdisciplinary centres, such as the ‘Gender Research Network’ and the ‘Work Futures Research Centre’.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency. 
  • The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements in early March, and interviews will be held on 22nd-23rd March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

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Please mention reference FBLA-LAW-016 in the scholarship section of your application.

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