SJD research highlights gender pay gap in engineering29 November 2018

Pictured: Derek Kelly, CEO of Optionis, which owns SJD Accountancy

Research conducted by Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants has found that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles.

SJD analysed salaries of both males and females in the sector and, according to the analysis, females with job titles such as ‘mechanical engineer’ or ‘maintenance engineer’ earn almost a third less than males with the same occupation.

Derek Kelly (pictured), chief executive officer of Optionis, which owns SJD Accountancy, says that the gender pay gap has been a topic of “increasing conversation” and putting the difference in salary into real terms has been “shocking”.

“This information now highlights the genuine impact that this can have not only on employees but their families and long-term prospects,” he says.

The gender pay gap has been a developing conversation in recent years. Increasing pressure has been put on businesses to disclose their gender pay gaps and redress the balance to aim for more equal pay.

The survey questioned more than 1,000 contractors, with data gathered on their salaries to create a better picture of what sectors are struggling. SJD has launched an interactive tool so that people can find out more details about their industry and gender pay gaps.

Kelly adds: “The tool helps to give workers, whether in permanent or temporary roles, more of an insight into the pay gap within their industry. This improves understanding of the pay issues within certain sectors.”

Adam Offord

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