Women engineers overtake men on pay

Women
engineers are getting paid more than their male counterparts and are reaching
senior positions earlier, according to the EMTA, the national training
organisation for engineering and manufacture.

A
salary survey conducted by the EMTA finds that while women engineers in their
twenties earn slightly less than their males colleagues, by the time they are
in their thirties they often earn significantly more.

A
senior female engineer at 35 is earning 8.5 per cent more than her male
colleagues of 42 – £32,256 compared with £30,026, according to the survey.

The
gap widens to 11.9 per cent by the time women reach their forties.

Dr
Michael Sanderson, chief executive of EMTA, said the findings show there are no
barriers or bias against women in engineering.

"Women
account for only 15 per cent of professional engineers and trainee engineers
but those that come into the industry are perhaps more focused and committed
than some of their older male colleagues," he said.

By Quentin Reade

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