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Tue 21 Feb 2017
Rachel Sharp Rachel Sharp

The gender pay gap is not a new topic of discussion. In fact, it is something that makes headlines on a regular basis and, in procurement, is highlighted every year in the Procurement Leaders Salary Survey. The reasons why such a gap exists are often inconclusive and speculative at best.

 

Job role

 

Women’s salaries in procurement, on the whole, stand at an average of just 75% of men’s salaries by job role. However, at the buyer level, women earn more than 106% of their male counterparts, according to the survey. With this inequality reversed for the higher-level roles, at what point in the career does this pay inequality surface?

 

In the next role up from buyer, that of a regional category manager, women’s pay drops to 82% of men. Based on the report’s findings, there is one possible explanation for this: as women progress through their careers, the number of reports they have stagnates.

 

At the buyer level, the number of reports for both males and females is similar, but as people move on and up, this gap widens significantly.

 

“Considering that one of the strongest indicators of salary is the number of reports, the fact that men at almost all age levels oversee the work of a larger number of subordinates is particularly problematic,” explains Procurement Leaders’ research analyst, Alex Johnston.

 

Industry

 

Management experience may be one factor, but delving deeper into the salary survey data suggests there are other factors at play too.

 

Segmenting the pay of male and female procurement professionals by industry shows that there are some significant differences.

 

When looking at the overall average picture of salary data, the public sector and not-for-profit industry offer women the highest salaries, compared to their male counterparts, at 94%. At the other end of the scale, women can expect to earn just 67% of male salaries in the manufacturing sector.

 

While this data compares salaries of all female and male procurement professionals in a particular industry, when we look at industry salaries by job role average, the picture is even more stark.

 

In the business services industry women earn 137% of their male counterparts’ salaries when comparing like-for-like job roles, but just 75% when comparing across the industry

... The three key factors behind the gender pay gap
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Mon 20 Feb 2017
Jonathan O'Brien Jonathan O'Brien

Jonathan O’Brien, author of Negotiation for Procurement Professionals, talks about how Day One Analysis could see you drive more value out of negotiations

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Sun 19 Feb 2017
Sophie Dyer Sophie Dyer

As procurement increasingly adopts new technology to streamline manual processes, is it time for the function to sign on the dotted line when it comes to e-signatures?

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Fri 17 Feb 2017
Rachel Sharp Rachel Sharp

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Thu 16 Feb 2017
Dap Wijeyeratne Dap Wijeyeratne

Dap Wijeyeratne, principal at Efficio, talks about why procurement’s voice when it comes to setting business strategy is key to achieving cost-savings

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Wed 15 Feb 2017
Ryan Heath Ryan Heath

Ryan Heath, a consultant with Insight Sourcing Group, talks carrier flexibility and cost-optimising routing to help drive down freight costs

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Tue 14 Feb 2017
Rachel Sharp Rachel Sharp

Businesses raise concerns that a new law will make their own systems less secure and act as a barrier to trade

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Mon 13 Feb 2017
Nilen Bhatt Nilen Bhatt

5G has the potential to change the way procurement operates. But, the question is, will it deliver?

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Fri 10 Feb 2017
Sophie Dyer Sophie Dyer

Procurement is looking for ways to mitigate the effects of the events of 2016

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Thu 09 Feb 2017
Nilen Bhatt Nilen Bhatt

Green procurement policies, moving from non-renewable to renewable energy, and introducing energy audits can reduce emissions along the supply chain

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