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Gender pay gap highest at middle management, least at C-Suite: TimesJobs survey

Highlights of the TimesJobs Gender Pay Gap survey involving 870 employees:

  • 60% professionals from different sectors agreed that gender-based pay disparity has increased over the years
  • 60% respondents say that women go to job interviews with a preconceived notion of getting paid less
  • 22% professionals say that unequal pay is also common between people of the same gender, as compared to people of different genders
  • Highest pay disparity exists at middle management level, as voted by maximum 32% respondents
  • Respondents say that the pay gap is least at the C-Suite level

New Delhi, April 16, 2019: ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ is one of the chief agendas at most progressive workplaces but there’s a lot that needs to be done to walk the talk.

A recent survey by TimesJobs reveals that the much talked about pay disparity still exists. In fact, the gap has only increased in recent years. Most respondents (60%) said that the difference in pay has increased, and about 60% respondents also said that women go to job interviews with a preconceived belief that they will get paid less than their male counterparts.

Men believe women are paid at par

A majority (65%) of male professionals claimed that women employees are paid at par with their male peers. Only 35% male employees said that women were paid less.

Moreover, 76% of professionals affirmed that productivity of women is still questionable at workplaces across sectors, whereas 24% of professionals disagreed to the aforementioned statements.

“60% of employees surveyed in this TimesJobs study have said that pay gap has increased over the years, and this is an alarming situation. Organisations have to take tangible action to address this issue. Paying employees fairly has a direct bearing on the productivity of employees and impacts business revenues as well. There are many progressive companies today who are working hard to achieve this. That is the only mantra to win the war of talent in the new-age,” said Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig.

Pay gap is more between people of opposite gender versus people of same gender?

Disparity in pay exists between people of the same gender too! About 22% professionals said that unequal pay is common between people of the same gender, especially women. 65% respondents said pay gap is more prominent between opposite genders than otherwise.

Root cause of the widening pay gap

Majority (41%) of the respondents voted for ‘work experience’ as a primary factor contributing to unequal pay. Around 31% of respondents considered ‘gender’ as the primary reason for the pay gap across different sectors. TimesJobs Gender Pay Gap study also shows that pay disparity extends beyond salary as well to even allowances, with 29% of respondents subscribing to this view, followed by respondents who acknowledge that the pay disparity includes other perks as well.

paydisparityPay disparity highest in Healthcare sector

The TimesJobs Gender Pay Gap survey analysed the impact of pay gap in each sector. Most respondents (32%) said that pay disparity is the highest at middle management. About 15% respondents claimed that pay gap impacts the least at the C-Suite level.

As per TimesJobs report the difference of pay between male and female is the highest in the Healthcare sector, followed by IT, BFSI and Automobiles sectors respectively. The Gender Pay Gap survey also went into analysing the functional areas where the pay gap was the highest, and most respondents named Engineers, followed by Journalists, Finance officers and Doctors/Nurses in this list.


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