Pay equity improves for US supply chain workers

by Array

CHICAGO: The gap between what men and women earn in supply chain jobs has narrowed.

That’s according to data from the Chicago-based Association for Operations Management (APICS) and the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The two organizations recently released the third-quarter installment of their operations management employment outlook report for 2010.

The data show less disparity between genders in professional salaries for younger workers. According to the survey, the difference in compensation between men and women is smaller in the under-35 age group. Employees in this group have less of a difference in pay than the average gap of 16 percent. Among workers 31 to 35, female salaries are edging closer to male salaries, with a two-percent difference.

“We’re encouraged by the narrowed salary gap between younger men and women,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi. “More and more, education can be the great equalizer for professional salaries.”

The report also showed 54 percent of those with hiring authority anticipate hiring in the next 12 months. In the second quarter of 2011, 57 percent anticipate taking on new employees.

“Consistent anticipated hiring is a good sign for job seekers in the operations and supply chain management professions,” said Drew Rosen, professor of operations management at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and member of the research team. “The constant level of expected hiring sustained over time suggests that hiring will not drop off in the near future.”