23 September 2004 | Sam Fortescue
Women in purchasing have seen their salaries fall by an average of £880 over the past 12 months, according to the latest survey from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
In 2004 they were paid an average salary of £35,556, compared with £36,436 last year.
The poll of nearly 22,000 managers across 10 professions showed that women in purchasing were the seventh highest paid.
Only women in manufacturing, sales and insurance are paid less than female purchasers.
Those in research and development topped the salary table at just over £45,000.
Mark Williams, operations director of recruitment firm RK Supply Chain Personnel, said: "What we have seen is more females coming into purchasing. "If there's an influx of people into the profession, they could be on lower pay."
Petra Cook, head of policy at CMI, had a different explanation: "There has been quite a large proportion of female managers in purchasing roles previously, so there is a large labour market and not so much pressure driving up the salary levels in that area".
However, the survey also revealed that a pay gap still exists between the sexes.
Men in purchasing earn nearly £5,000 more on average then their female counterparts.
The latest CIPS/Croner Reward pay survey, however, found that female purchasing managers earned 4.5 per cent more than men, and that the pay gap was insignificant at other levels.