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Study reveals gender pay gap in supply chain jobs

HIGH POINT - A new study shows a significant disparity in earnings between men and women in the supply chain field and predicts it will be at least 2018 before the gender gap is bridged.
     The findings, part of a benchmark study by American Shipper magazine, show that women in the field earn 72 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. That's well below the national average of 80 cents to 82 cents for women in all occupations, the study found.
     "Unfortunately for supply chain companies and practitioners, there is still profound inequality between men and women in the field. The average male supply chain practitioner will earn 30% more than the average women in 2012," the report said.
     The study said a key reason for the pay gap is that women hold more lower-level positions within the industry. Some 48% of the men who participated in the study were at the director level or higher, but just 28% of the female participants were at that level.
     "Women are considerably more likely to belong to departments focused on purchasing, sourcing and compliance issues such as trade, regulatory, and import and export functions. Men, on the other hand, seem more likely to be involved in logistics, transportation management, and supply chain departments," the report said, noting that the findings mirrored a similar study in 2011.
     The study said women are projected to have an average salary gain of 7.5% this year, while men have a projected gain of 2%. Those same growth rates would have to continue through 2018 in order for women to be on equal footing with men, it said.
     "But such a continuous 7.5% year-over-year growth rate - even without men needing to stay steady at 2% year-over-year growth - is a very optimistic picture of the future," the report read.
     For all supply chain workers, average compensation for 2012 is projected to be $66,527 at the staff level; $99,557 at the manager level; $150,028 at the director level; and $223,585 at the vice president level and above.
     The study also covered topics such as education, supply chain organization, job titles and responsibilities, and best practices.
     For more information, visit the magazine's website at www.americanshipper.com

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