The gender pay gap: why more female managers does not necessarily equate to higher earnings for women

How is the gender pay gap affected by the share of female managers in an organisation? A new paper assesses why more women in management roles does not equate to higher female earnings.

The paper, titled “Are female managers agents of change or cogs in the machine?”, in the European Sociological Review indicates that over recent past decades there has been a steady increase in women’s representation in all levels of management. However, this has not corresponded to a reduction in the gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap

The researchers used data from nine European countries in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, transportation, financial services, and telecommunication.
There was considerable variation of inequality between women’s and men’s earnings across departments and organisations in these sectors.

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