Dear University of Reading,
I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
A) What was the difference in pay between the highest and lowest paid staff in the 2016/17 academic year
B) What was the salary of the highest paid woman and the highest paid man in the 2016/17 academic year
Please send me this information electronically.
Dear Mr Griffin
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Dear Mr Griffin,
We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
We can confirm that we do hold the information specified in your request.
Our responses are given below.
Lowest paid: £10, 418.17
Highest paid: £264,810
Salary of highest paid man:
£264,810 (Vice Chancellor)
Salary of highest paid woman:
This figure is being withheld under section 40(2) of FOIA. Section 40(2)
of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold information under the
FOIA when the information requested is personal data relating to someone
other than the requestor, and its disclosure would breach any of the Data
Protection principles. In this case we believe that the disclosure of
information in respect of potentially identifiable individuals would not
be within their reasonable expectations and as such would be unfair and in
breach of the first data protection principle which requires personal data
to be processed fairly and lawfully.
We have taken into account that the Vice Chancellor’s salary (as the
highest paid male) is already publically available and that disclosure of
this figure, also routinely contained within year end accounts, is
therefore within the reasonable expectations of the person whose data it
The same does not apply to the highest paid female; due to the potential
for others (whether internal or external to the University) to identify
who this data may relate to, and therefore their exact salary, we have
withheld this information. Section 40 is an absolute exemption and
therefore does not require me to conduct a public interest test.
You may find some useful related information contained within our
financial statements located here (the most recent to be published towards
the end of 2017):
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