Research highlights gender pay gap in supply chain

Study suggests supply chain managers are less likely to be female higher on the corporate ladder

October 15, 2014
by PurchasingB2B Staff

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According to a study from researchers at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, male supply chain managers make an average of $14,296 a year more than their female counterparts.

The study suggests that while 90 percent of respondents had formal education after high school, supply chain managers are less likely to be female higher up on the corporate ladder. There are 10 men for every woman at the upper management level, the study says. At the early career stage however, larger organizations tended to pay a larger salary, although a gender difference of reported income was not significant.

The research, Sex and Salary: Does Size Matter?, conducted by Paul Larson and Matthew Morris, was published in volume 4 of Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, which appeared earlier this year. It uses data from a survey of supply chain managers in Canada to discuss the implications of the results for supply chain managers and researchers, including opportunities for future research.

“This research comes at a time when the gender pay gap is in people’s consciousness more than ever,” says Larson, the study’s co-author.”A possible hypothesis for the gap could be that women expect lower pay; they are less likely to request a pay raise, apply for a promotion or take a higher paying role in comparison to their male counterparts. It could also be that women take maternity leave to raise a family which could impact their career in middle management or higher. Society, led by business organizations, seems to value the labour of child birth less than labour at the workplace.”

The study says that several variables are significant predictors of a supply chain manager’s salary, and that salaries rose with the size of the organization, education level and years of experience of individual managers. It was also found that those who worked longer hours and had greater budgetary responsibility earned more money.

The study appears in Supply Chain Management: an International Journal.