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18% gender pay gap in 2019 UK Genomics sector

The average salary for a male worker in the UK Genomics sector is 18% higher than the average female salary. This gender pay gap was one of the most striking findings from the Genomics Industry Workforce survey report published last week by Front Line Genomics and Paramount Recruitment.

The median male salary is £45,000, 18.4% higher than the median female salary of £38,000.  This pay gap is less than last year’s survey, where the gap was 26.8% (male median salary of £43,285 and female median salary of £34,150).

The Workforce insights survey compiled responses from 1,283 professionals currently working in the Genomics industry in 62 countries worldwide.   The key highlights of the survey were provided to all attendees at the London Festival of Genomics last month.

The largest difference between male and female pay is for Directors (males earn 52.6% more than females) and for Managers (males earn 18.6% more).  This gap is actually less than last year (where the gaps were Directors 56% and Managers 30%).  For all roles and all functions, the median male salary is higher than the median female salary.

Unlike last year where there was no gap, males aged 18-24 earn 12.7% more than females of the same age. The gap grows in the 25-34 age group where males earn 16.2% more than females and then narrows in the 35-44 age range where males earn 9.1% more than females.  The gap grows again at the 45-54 age range where males earn 14.6% more and peaks at the 55 to 64 age range where males earn 30.0% more than females.

Paramount Recruitment Director Eugene McDaid said

“We are encouraged that the pay gap is less than last year’s survey but it is still very disappointing to see such a high gender pay disparity at managerial levels. It is however positive to see that 53% of the UK survey responders were female and 46% male, which is a much healthier gender balance than in many STEM areas within UK industry.”


The full report of the survey provides some fascinating details including the gender pay gap in the UK, average salaries earned within each function/role, the average pay rise anticipated this year and the future demand for each key skill area within genomics.

The report is available for free upon request through the Genomics Salary Survey page on this website.

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6th February

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