Remuneration Trends and Insights

Gender Pay Index

Mercer’s Gender Pay Index measures the relativity between salaries offered to male and female staff working in the same role within the same organisation in our database.

 

 

July 2020

 

Mercer’s gender pay index measures the relativity between salaries offered to male and female staff working in the same role within the same organisation in our database. A positive value indicates that the market is offering female employees’ salaries below those being paid to male employees in the same role, while a negative figure indicates that female employees are attracting salaries above male employees in the role.

 

Please note: The global standard and Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) standard is for a positive value to indicate where males are being paid more.  
 

Mercer’s remuneration database operates on a rolling basis, with organisations providing remuneration data submissions throughout the year. As a result, each month we share the overall gender pay index findings in addition to industry-specific results for those sectors for which reportable data is available.

 

The gender pay index for July is 2.4% on average. The positive figure indicates that males are attracting higher salaries than their female counterparts.

 

Looking at the gender pay index by career level, the average gap is widest at the management level at 2.9%. At the professional and para-professional levels, the gap is 2.3%. While for executive level roles there is a gap of 2.6%.

 


 

The industry sectors with the broadest average gender pay index this month included chemical (7.5%), construction/engineering (4.4%), mining (3.9%) and manufacturing (3.9%). 

 

This month no industries had a reportable gender pay index in favour of female employees. However, the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry and education and research industry reported the closest to parity with a positive gender pay index of 0.9%.

 

 

 
       
  Gender gap (%)
Agriculture 2.9
Chemical 7.5
Construction/Engineering 4.3
Education & Research 0.9
Energy, Water & Utilities 1.6
Finance & Insurance 1.2
FMCG 0.9
Health Care 1.2
High-Tech 2.8
Hospitality & Recreation 2.1
Life Sciences 1.8
Manufacturing 3.9
Mining 3.9
Professional Services 1.8
Public Admin/Defence 4.4
Retail 1.3
Transport/Storage 3.8
 
 

Source: Mercer's remuneration database

 

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no warranty is given in respect thereof.


 

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