Gender pay gap for surveyors closed by jump in female salaries
A dramatic salary surge for women in the sector in just a year has largely closed a gender pay gap among surveyors, according to a survey of wage levels across Ireland.
Almost 1,100 chartered surveyors from around the country participated in the survey which found that median salaries for female surveyors increased by 11pc over the past year.
In the same period salaries for their male colleagues remained largely unchanged, with the result that the pay gap between male and female surveyors has reduced to 5pc - down from 11pc last year.
The results don't explain why the pay gap existed or how it closed so quickly, though in a traditionally male-dominated industry the number of women may be relatively small and therefore more susceptible to big swings.
Overall, the latest salary survey by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland shows a median national salary for a chartered surveyor of €70,000.
Median salaries in Dublin are €75,000 while outside of Dublin its 23pc less at €58,000.
More than half of surveyors received a pay increase this year and two out of three are confident they will get one next year, the survey found.
Pay reviews were the biggest driver of pay increases, according to respondents - well ahead of job moves and promotions.
The results of the survey show a marked increase (16 percentage points) of those receiving a bonus / profit share scheme.
Across the various sectors where surveyors work, construction pays best, followed by the property sector, with the land sector least well paid, on average.
The President of the SCSI president Colin Bray said he was delighted to see that 85pc of surveyors would recommend their profession to school-leavers and that 89pc of surveyors are satisfied in their job.
"A career in surveying is hugely rewarding, not only for its financial rewards but also in terms of the diverse nature of the work and the variety of opportunities available.
"It is heartening to see that the overwhelming majority of respondents would recommend surveying as a profession to young people, while the fact that over half of respondents believe their companies are likely to increase headcount in the next 12 months shows the recovery is continuing" he said. The SCSI has previously warned that the shortfall of qualified graduates coming into the profession could threaten the country's ability to address the current housing supply crisis, the delivery and management of the country's building stock and its infrastructural deficit.
"It's imperative that we have the qualified personnel to meet the needs of the Irish economy and we need to encourage more people, particularly women, to choose property and construction courses.
"With regard to our growing female membership, it's encouraging to see a significant narrowing of the pay gap between men and women in our survey and we hope that gap will soon be eradicated.
"While the salary gap between Dublin and the regions is a concern, there are signs that it's narrowing somewhat but this is something we will continue to monitor."