Pay gap worsens for women in Canada

17 October 2007
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18 October 2007 | Paul Snell

Salaries for female buyers in Canada are rising more slowly than those for their male counterparts, research has found.

According to the 2007 salary survey, conducted by the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC), there is still a wide gap in remuneration between the sexes.

While male pay has increased by CAN$7,511 (£3,744) in the past year, women have only seen their pay rise by CAN$2,381 (£1,187) in the same period.

The average salary for male purchasers in 2007 was CAN$77,600 (£38,180) a year, but female salaries are more than CAN$15,000 less, with average pay of CAN$62,500 (£30,755).

Vice-presidents and directors of purchasing can expect to earn CAN$110,700 (£54,537) a year. This is significantly less than their US or UK counterparts, who earn around £90k or £76k respectively.

But the overall average salary for buyers has risen compared with a year ago, up from CAN$66,357 (£33,081) in 2006 to CAN$71,200 (£35,507) this year.

The natural resources sector, which includes mining and oil firms, offers the highest salaries. The education sector offers the lowest average pay.

Purchasers can also expect a premium of more than CAN$20k (£9,968) if they hold a purchasing qualification. Average salaries for qualified buyers were CAN$86,500 (£43,111), compared to CAN$66,000 (£32,894) for the unqualified. Robert Dye, president of PMAC, said: "Professionally designated individuals continue to earn more and the gap is widening."


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