DIARY: Gender-based pay is on the way out, honest!

There may still be a gap between men and women's salaries in the PR

industry - but apparently it's nothing to do with sex

discrimination.



PRWeek's sister magazine in the US asked a statistics expert to analyse

the results of its most recent salary survey.



Analyst Jim Hutton at Fairleigh Dickinson University looked at the

figures to find out the impact of gender on pay, and to find out which

factors made the biggest impact on pay levels.



He found that gender accounts for no more than one per cent of salary

discrepancies, and the single most important reason turned out to be

good old experience.



It's the first time that Hutton has been able to prove his long-held

theory that as women come to dominate the PR industry, the effects of

gender-based pay discrimination are close to being wiped out.



Looking at the results of the UK Salary Survey (PRWeek, 30 March), it's

easy to concur with the Americans' results. The pendulum may even be

starting to swing the other way: we found that at the top level in

consultancies, women were likely to earn more than men.



However, the women working in-house at the same level as their male

colleagues but earning around pounds 4,000 less might disagree that the

sex wars are over yet



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