Archaeologsists excavating the Curtain theatre (c) MOLA

Gender, pay and archaeology

MOLA team

Today, companies that employ 250+ people are being asked to declare their gender pay gap figures to help expose inequalities.

Given the structure of the MOLA Group, we’re not legally required to declare our figures; however, this is a subject we feel is important so we did a bit of number crunching anyway.

We’re pleased to report that average pay across MOLA is almost equal, with only a 0.1% variation in average pay, and women earning slightly more.  Across the board there is a positive picture, with only small variations in areas where there are one-off jobs like Heads of Departments, which have resulted in women receiving 6% more in some upper quartile grades and men earning 6% more in the lower-middle quartile grades.

As well as the pay gap there are several other areas of gender equality in the workplace that we champion and that MOLA and the wider archaeology sector can celebrate. A career in archaeology is so diverse with a great many areas of expertise, from archaeological illustration to geophysical survey. In terms of representation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) jobs, archaeology is leading the way. At MOLA our scientific and technical specialists, like osteologists and geomaticians, are equally split across the sexes.

Our large field team undertakes the very physically demanding job of excavating archaeological sites and is made up of 50% women. Within the field team many of our most experienced and specialist staff are female, including one of our chainsaw operators. Given that our field work is carried out on construction sites, which tend to be male-dominated, this is really inspiring.

There is no denying that overall, pay within the archaeology sector needs improving. MOLA pays among the highest wages in the sector but we are working collectively with our clients and peers across the profession to drive it up.

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