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The Face off - Males Vs Females
The votes are in! After 4,500 salary entries were received from Australian HR Professionals we reveal, beyond doubt, who really earns more in HR - males or females.


The age-old gender battle is often fuelled by media reports that men do earn more than women and according to Dr Warren Farrell, named one of the world's Top 100 'Thought Leaders' by the Financial Times, if women do one or more of the '25 things men more often do, women can earn more then men.' For example, Farrell states that men tend to naturally choose careers that are proven to pay more (eg. Accountants Vs Music teachers).

Farrell argues that due to the laws of supply and demand, you'll earn more by choosing a job that:

- is in an unpleasant environment (prison guard vs. childcare worker)
- requires harder-to-attain skills (hard science vs. liberal arts)
- requires longer work hours (executive vs. administrative assistant)
- is unrewarding to most people (tax accountant vs. artist)

According to Farrell's research, Fortune 1000 CEO's have worked an average of 60-90 hours per week for two decades of their working careers, whilst women are 'less than half as likely as men to work more than 50 hours per week. Men are more likely to not be as involved in domestic duties, or childcare, whilst women are less likely to 'uproot themselves and their families'.

In Australia, HR Partners has taken the contest to the Australian HR, Recruitment and OH&S industry. 1,475 males (33%) and 3,022 (67%) females who are employed on a full time basis contributed their salary data to HR Partners 'HR Salary Survey' portal and from this alone, we can conclude that the Australian HR, Recruitment and OH & S arena is certainly female dominated, however, the median salary package is tipped towards the males.

The median salary package for Australian males (inclusive of 9% superannuation and bonuses and not including non-cash benefits) currently stands at $104,640 in comparison to $83,930 for females. That's a 20% difference.

Below is a breakdown of all job roles listed within HR Partner's 'Salary Survey Portal' from which five or more responses were received:

Correct as at March 2009
Total survey respondents: 4497


Male
Female

Highest Earner

Role
Number & Percentage of Respondents
Median Salary Package
Number & Percentage of Respondents
Median Salary Package
Who earns MORE and by how much
HR Assistant / Administrator

27
(18.75%)

$49,050

117
(81.25%)

$50,140
Females by 2.17%
HR
Co-ordinator
36
(18.9%)
$61,040
154
(18.1%)
$59,950
Males by 1.8%
HR - Officer / Advisor
63
(15.4%)
$67,580
345
(85.6%)
$69,215
Females by 2.4%
HR - Consultant
73
(27%)
$83,930
197
(73% )
$87,200
Females by 3.75%
HR - General
56
(24.3%)
$92,377
174
(75.7%)
$82,840
Males by 10.3%
HR - Management
223
(29.3%)
$130,800
538
(70.7%)
$117,447
Males by 10.2%
HR - Director / Head of HR
167
(45.8%)
$197,290
198
(54.2%)
$185,300
Males by 6.1%
OH & S - Advisor
10
(40%)
$88,017
15
(60%)
$76,300
Males by 13.3%
OH & S - Manager
46
(73%)
$129,165
17
(27%)
$79,570
Males by 38.4%
Remuneration and Benefits Specialist
31
(39.7%)
$152,600
47
(60.3%)
$105,730
Males by 30.7%
OH & S
Co-ordinator
8
(33.3%)
$84,747
16
(66.7%)
$76,027
Males by 10.3%
Training / Learning and Development
120
(41.9%)
$88,835
172
(58.1%)
$83,657
Males by 5.8%
OD - Organisational Development
36
(30%)
$145,515
84
(70%)
$119,082
Males by 18.2%
Industrial Relations Specialist
23
(50%)
$109,000
23
(50%)
$89,925
Males by 17.5%
Payroll Officer
7
(17.1%)
$65,400
34
(82.9%)
$62,675
Males by 4.2%
HRIS
14
(45.2%)
$98,100
17
(54.8%)
$89,925
Males by 8.3%
HR - Other
6
(18.2%)
$92,650
27
(81.8%)
$86,655
Males by 6.5%
Recruitment - Account Manager
51
(56%)
$89,380
40
(44%)
$81,750
Males by 8.5%
Recruitment - Manager
68
(52.7%)
$124,260
61
(47.3%)
$112,270
Males by 9.6%
Recruitment Consultant - Perm
144
(43.2%)
$73,302
189
(56.8%)
$66,490
Males by 9.3%
Recruitment Consultant - Temp / Contract
29
(29.6%)
$65,400
69
(70.4%)
$65,400
EVEN
Resourcer
9
(17.6%)
$54,500
42
(82.4%)
$55,317
Females by 1.5%
Researcher
7
(53.8%)
$73,030
6
(46.2%)
$70,577
Males by 3.3%
Senior Recruitment Consultant
88
(54.3%)
$119,900
74
(45.7%)
$85,565
Males by 28.6%
State / Country Manager
59
(65.5%)
$177,125
31
(34.5%)
$163,500
Males by 7.7%
Team Leader
14
(32.5%)
$139,247
29
(67.5%)
$92,650
Males by 33.5%
Trainee Consultant
11
(47.8%)
$49,050
12
(52.2%)
$49,050
EVEN
Recruitment - Other
12
(36.7%)
$65,672
21
(63.3%)
$68,670
Females by 4.4%
Executive Search Consultant
11
(64.7%)
$164,045
6
(35.3%)
$177,125
Females by 7.4%
Office Manager
7
(50%)
$97,555
7
(50%)
$70,850
Males by 27.4%
Recruitment Centre Manager
21
(37.5%)
$124,260
35
(62.5%)
$130,800
Females by 5%
Recruitment Team Leader
12
(40%)
$91,832
18
(60%)
$105,730
Females by 13.1%
Senior Internal Recruiter
24
(31.6%)
$89,925
52
(68.4%)
$81,750
Males by 9.1%
Internal Recruiter
23
(25.5%)
$74,665
67
(74.5%)
$67,580
Males by 9.5%


Hence, according to HR Partners 'HR Salary Survey' of over 4,000 HR Professionals, it would appear that MALES are earning an average of 20% more than females.

The Recruitment Consultants for Temporary and Contract roles as well as Trainee Consultants, pointed towards a more even playing field, with both males and females in those roles earning a median yearly salary of $65,400 and $49,050 respectively.

In 20% of HR roles, females earned more than males (an extra 5% in comparison to males). However in roles where the male to female ratio was more balanced, e.g. Head of HR/HR Director, OH & S Advisor, Industrial Relations Specialist and Recruitment Managers, to name a few, males still proved to earn more than females by an average of 13.9%.

 

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