Women working in HR earn an average of 11% less than men, but this is mainly due to differences between men and women at the top of the career ladder, according to XpertHR’s annual HR salary survey.
The survey shows women earn an average of £4,534 less than men who work in HR, but this is almost wholly due to the level of pay for senior HR managers.
Male HR function heads earn 10.9% more than women on average while male HR directors earn at least £19,000 more than women, a pay gap of 13.8%. Female HR professionals earn around 1.2% more than men at entry level, but by the time they reach mid-level positions men earn between 1.6% and 3.4% more than women.
The survey also shows that while women outnumber men by three to one on average and by five to one at entry level, men are much more likely to climb up the career ladder. However, men make up around four in 10 of senior HR managers and directors.