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Joanna Wilson


Strategic explanations of the gender pay gap with multilevel modelling: a Scottish comparison with the UK

PhD summary

My research will employ mixed methods to explore why the gender pay gap persists across different sectors in the UK. It has a Scottish as well as an all-UK focus and will consider what factors influencing the pay gap have changed, and to what extent.

Statistical modelling will explore the use of multilevel models in pay gap decompositions using Understanding Society survey data. Case study research in organisations in Scotland and the UK will explore perceptions and experiences of the gender pay gap and offer insights into the quantitative findings.


September 2016 to September 2020 (1+3 studentship)


My PhD is a CASE studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the North West Doctoral Training Centre. I am also supported by Close the Gap, a Scottish charity which works with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work.


I have a background in pay and reward having worked as an employment tax manager for international professional service firms in London, Auckland and Manchester. During this time I was involved in the provision of employment tax and social security planning advice to both employers and employees based in the UK and overseas. I also had an active people management role which involved performance management, coaching, career development and the recruitment of all levels of employee.

I have a degree in Law and French from the University of Leicester and an MSc in Human Resource Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. In the year to September 2017 I completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester as part of my studentship program.


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