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ICE salary survey exposes massive gender gap

Women Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers earn almost a third less than men according to the 2007 ICE Salary Survey.

Female MICE's earn 32% less than men according to the survey. The average salary for men is £51,400 as compared to £38,000 for women. A similar picture occurs in the other main grades of FICE and TMICE, the survey says.

For new graduates the gender pay gap still exists, but is much smaller, at under 4%.

The salary differential for qualified engineers can be partly explained by the comparative levels of seniority between women and men.

“Currently 24% of male respondents have reached the level of director/manager, but only 8% of women have achieved the same level of seniority,” the survey reports.

“Similarly 5% of the male sample have achieved managing director/chief executive/partner status, compared with only 1% of women.”

Conversely, women are far more likely to participating in project work (36% as compared to 16% of men) and to be undergoing on the job training (10% as compared to 3% of men).

ICE warns that the female subgroup sizes for the survey are small. The female FICE subgroup is 9 and the AMICE subgroup is 19, and the TMICE subgroup is just six).

“Nevertheless, even indicatively, the differences are stark,” says the survey.

Elsewhere in the survey the average new salary for engineering graduates is revealed as £26,833.

And the average total remuneration of managing directors, chief executives and partners has broken through the six figure barrier for the first time – at £101,989.

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