Engineering gender pay gap requires action
A new report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering indicates that the gender pay gap is smaller in the engineering profession than the UK employee average but still requires further action.
The mean (10.8%) and median (11.4%) pay gap for engineers in the sample analysed is around two thirds the national average. Although the gap is less than feared, the report finds that closing it will take concerted effort within the engineering profession. One well-recognised issue that is contributing to the gender pay gap in engineering is the lack of women going into the profession, and while attempts have been made to address this, progress is disappointingly slow. The report recommends actions that go beyond addressing this initial recruitment challenge to close the gender pay gap through addressing the retention and progression of women to more senior and higher paid roles. The actions it recommends as most effective include implementing transparent pay structures and grades, reviewing promotion criteria and introducing flexible working options for senior roles.
The first report of its kind for the engineering profession, the Academy commissioned WISE to analyse the pay data of nearly 42,000 engineers working in the UK, to approximate the gender pay gap for the engineering profession.
To read the full report, visit bit.ly/2uBsyJc