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Gender pay and Brexit impact science industry, says SRG

SRG, part of Impellam Group, has conducted a salary survey across the science industry.

The report is based on over 4,250 responses from an online survey, SRG’s global database, and the readership of New Scientist magazine. It outlines the economic and political factors currently affecting the industry, such as Brexit and the gender pay gap.

Kelly Morton, managing director, said, “A high proportion of employers expect to be significantly affected by Brexit. Amid the uncertainty, it’s therefore understandable that many are concentrating on keeping their current employees rather than focusing on hiring.”

But it is not just Brexit that will shape the industry going forward, SRG’s research reveals that the gender pay gap within science has increased since last year. So as reporting legislation becomes the norm, it would appear that the industry is at a crossroads.

Morton added, “It’s alarming to note that the gender pay gap in science has actually increased in the last year. However, gender pay gap reporting legislation will hopefully start to make a difference as it becomes more embedded in corporate practices. It’s also pleasing that women in science earn above the national average pay for women.”

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