Following on from International Women in Engineering Day 2017 (INWED) on 23rd June 2017, it was great to see how many organisations are working to raise the profile of women in engineering as well as to inspire future generations to set their sights on an engineering career.
Our own women in engineering survey produced some extremely encouraging results where the majority of respondents (61%) felt that the perception of women in engineering was improving, and 58% of women felt that their organisation was proactive in the area of gender diversity.
However, putting all this positivity to one side, there was a particular statistic that did concern us. 46% of women still feel that they do not have the same equal pay opportunities as their male counterpart. We decided to dig a little deeper into our salary survey statistics which contains live salary data from over 15,500 engineers to find out if this feeling is actually a reality. It turns out that for the most part, IT IS!!!
When we compared the overall average of a basic permanent salary between men and women, men earn 23% more than women in engineering. We drilled down into the finer detail to discover that across all lengths of professional experience (apart from 5 years of experience), men were earning more than women. Breaking it down by job role didn’t paint a much better picture; out of 23 different engineering job roles, there were only five job roles where women earn more than men (Systems Engineering, Site Engineering/Setting Out, Risk/Risk & Value, Operations & Maintenance, Engineering & Design).
We do not want to detract at all from the huge strides that are being made across the industry regarding gender diversity, however it is clear that more work needs to be done to ensure a level playing field for men and women in terms of salary.
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