HR Leading the Way in Gender Equality

It has long been established that the majority of those who work in the field of HR are women. Recent figures collected in 2016 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggest that 73.7 percent of workers in the field of HR in the private and public sector are women. While the profession has historically been one features low pay and little appreciation, according to a recent article by Martin Berman-Gorvine which appeared on the Bloomberg BNA website, all of that might be changing for the better

This largely under-appreciated business field may soon be changing to one that features higher pay and more prestige for those who do decide to make it their career choice.

In a recent survey conducted in November by New York-based Namely, a company which operates an online HR platform, the gender gap may actually become less of an issue.

According to Eric Knudsen, Namely’s senior analyst of people operations, the survey they conducted was conducted with more than 1,000 U.S. companies participating. Namely found that overall, Women who are in the field of HR, earn “89 cents on the dollar” in comparison to the salaries of men in the same field.

This is not the same figure that was arrived at by the BLS which showed women making 80 cents for every dollar that men make. In 2016, HR managers who are women make just 74 cents in comparison to the dollar that men in the same position make.

The article’s author suggests that a possible reason for the data discrepancy may be due in at least part to the smaller sample that was used in Namely’s survey as compared to data gathered by the BLS.

Amy Dufrane, CEO of the HR Certification Institute, indicated in the interview that because of the recent and highly publicized issue of sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination in the workplace recently may ultimately lead to organizations actually implementing real change on the matter of gender equality.

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