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A disparity between the salaries of male and female project professionals still exists, according to research.

The APM Salary and Market Trends Survey reveals that the difference between the genders is more pronounced in the higher salary bands.

Findings from the survey launched this May shows that nearly a third of female participants earned an annual salary of between £30,000 and £39,999. Compare this to the largest group of male respondents who earned £40,000-£49,999 per year. 

The research, which was supported by APM career development partner Wellingtone Project Management, also showed that 6 per cent of males earned over £100,000, which is in contrast to only 1 per cent of females.

Project management salaries by genderHowever, this needs to be put into context as project management has its roots in engineering and construction, which are traditionally male dominated industries. 

The participation in the research shows that 28 per cent of project professionals are women. This compares favourably with UKRC research that estimates only 9 per cent of UK engineering professionals are women. 

Additional analysis into the findings from the research paints an even more encouraging picture with 37 percent of under-35s responding to the survey being female. 

“This growth in women choosing a career in the profession, may take a generation to be fully realised, but project management in particular appears to be making great strides in that direction,” says APM Women in Project Management specific interest group (WiPM SIG) chair Teri Okoro.

“We are seeing more and more women choosing a career in project management, as it will offer them both a challenge and opportunity.

“The WiPM SIG recently spoke to four budding female project professionals and it is clear that their vital contributions are making a significant difference to their organisations.”

Download APM Salary and Market Trends report 2015





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