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| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Although salary increases for women outstripped their male counterparts, female engineering professionals in the UK still earn around 25 percent less by the age of forty.

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Gender pay gap an sissue with chemical engineers
Gender pay gap an sissue with chemical engineers
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A survey by the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) has revealed the scale of the gender pay gap with women typically earning 25 per cent less by the age of forty for typical engineering environments, including oil, gas, food and drink, energy and pharmaceuticals.

This survey, which began in the 1980s and based on a sample of over 2,500 IChemE members in the UK and Ireland, revealed median salaries for the chemical engineering profession had grown by nearly six percent (5.7%) since 2012 and by 12 per cent since 2010 to £56,000 (€ 68,474).

During the last two years, salaries for people entering the profession, under the age of 25, improved by 5.3 per cent, an increase of about £1,500 or € 1,800. Median pay rates for fully qualified or Chartered Chemical Engineers (MIChemE), continued to grow strongly to £70,000, compared to £40,000 for non-chartered chemical engineers.

Engineering Survey Reveals Scale of UK Gender Pay Gap

However, despite median salary increases for female engineers outstripping their male counterparts – 10.3 per cent versus 7.1 per cent – over the past two years, it is the pay gap between men and women which continues to be the most challenging remuneration issue for the chemical and process industries.

The survey reveals that women are achieving median salaries around 28 per cent less than men (£43,000 versus £60,000) over the course of their careers. This is especially imminent between the ages of 30 to 40 years, when the earning potential of women declines significantly: Median salaries of female engineers typically nearly £16,000, or 25 per cent, less than men of a similar age.

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