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New Survey Identifies Pay, Diversity Gaps in HR

The HR industry itself is far from diverse, but there is reason for hope.
By: | February 20, 2019 • 2 min read
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While HR teams are known for working hard to create an inclusive environment at organizations, new research by Namely reveals gaps in diversity, demographics and pay within the HR industry.

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Namely found that gender pay inequality persists in HR, regardless of company size or job title. Other key findings include:

  • Among HR professionals, 71 percent are female and this divide may be growing, as women represented 67 percent of HR just last year.
  • While female HR practitioners earned $91,981 a year on average, their male counterparts earned almost 13 percent more, or $103,644. In other words, for every dollar male HR professionals earn, females earn just $0.89.
  • Additionally, 65 percent of HR professionals identify as white, with the next highest representations at 12 percent identified as Asian and 10 percent as Hispanic.
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While most of the findings further validated already-identified (and depressing) trends, one data point in particular managed to surprise the researchers: a rise in non-binary gender classification among HR employees.

“With diversity and inclusion top of mind for many organizations, the HR industry itself goes beyond merely supporting non-binary employees and is giving them a seat at the table,” the researchers note. “As diversity becomes a staple in the workplace, it’s encouraging to see that HR embodies a more inclusive experience for employees across the identity spectrum.”

Web Editor Michael J. O’Brien has been with HRE for more than a decade and holds a degree in economics from Boston College. He can be reached at [email protected]

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