The shocking fact is that male meeting planners out-earn female meeting planners by a whopping 37-per-cent average.
Having worked in this industry for over 15 years, been involved in the planning and execution of over 300 meetings and events, and currently managing an events team comprised entirely of women, I can personally confirm that the national remuneration differences are not based on male vs. female skill sets. Fact is, in many cases, just the opposite is true. So why the large discrepancy?
Is it generational? If you agreed that male meeting planners are generally older, have more experience, are more senior and thus earn more, then you could presume women will take over those senior roles and today’s inequality
will fix itself over time.
Is it the glass ceiling? Even though the women’s movement turned 99 years old on March 8th, with International Women’s Day, a recent study by the Financial Post revealed that 45 per cent of public companies have no female board directors at all.
Are the responsibilities not equal? Do more men own businesses and/or carry more responsibility on average? Do men work more hours? Do more women work part-time? If a man clearly has a more senior meeting-planning role, then it can’t be a surprise his remuneration is higher.
Is it education or accreditation? Do men have more post-secondary education and/or do more men have industry accreditation(s)? There is ample research to substantiate that individuals with higher education earn more, on average.
We know from our M&IT 2010 Market Report that eight out of 10 planners in Canada are women, and it’s no secret five out of six 2010 M&IT Hall of Fame winners are women. In an industry clearly dominated by women, why is there such a large gap in remuneration?
I look forward to hearing from you on this.
M&IT Salary Survey Part 1: The Great Salary Divide
M&IT Salary Survey Part 2: How Do You Compare?
M&IT Salary Survey Part 3: Remuneration vs. Responsibility
M&IT Salary Survey Part 4: Geographical Differences