HR gender pay gap of 15% is higher than national figure


The gender pay gap in HR is 15.1% – higher than the national figure, Personnel Today can exclusively reveal.

Payroll data taken from 130 organisations, covering 7,147 HR employees, has found the overall gender pay gap within the HR function stood at 15.1%, with men earning £5,379 more than women across all roles.

The Celre HR Salary Survey 2009-10, published on XpertHR, found that women HR directors take home a median salary including bonuses of £164,009, compared to £181,587 earned by men – a 10% difference.

Last week, new data from the Office for National Statistics found the median gender pay gap across all sectors was 12.2% – a drop from 12.6% the year before.
According to the Celre survey, the biggest pay gap, of £22,431, fell at the senior function head level. Female senior HR officers endured the smallest gap, at just £48 (see graph below).

Last year, the same survey revealed the median basic salary plus bonus paid to women was 83.5% of that paid to men. Although the findings are based on different sample sizes compared to this year’s survey, it indicates the pay gap is narrowing within the HR function.



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