Women telecom engineers earn more than men, sometimes - 28 Jan 2010

Female telecom engineers earn more than their male colleagues in some of the European countries. Belgium offers a positive gender gap of 14 percent, but women are also better off in Germany and Finland. Outside Europe we mostly see a negative gender gap for female telecom engineers, and sometimes a big one.

In South Africa male telecom engineers earn 24 percent more than their female colleagues, in Brazil even 39 percent more. Also in Poland the gender grab was relatively high with 18 percent. 

In Belgium female telecom engineers earn 14 percent more than men, also regardless whether they are starters or experienced engineers, work for smaller or bigger companies. Women are still a minority in this occupation, with a percentage of 30 percent in some countries at most, but with a positive gender gap in Germany (9 percent, in east and west), Finland (7 percent) and Belgium (14 percent), there might be financial reasons for women to take on that occupation. 

We have asked our analysts to look into the global differences in salaries for telecom engineers. We compared gender, experience and size of the company for 14 countries or regions. 

In other countries, the number of telecom engineers in our database was not large enough. 

The most important trend: in all countries we find a gender gap, some times positive for women, sometimes negative, but in all cases the gender gap remains the same in percentage, regardless of age, experience and the size of the company. 

 

Salaries differ greatly between countries, although in most cases most engineers have a degree in higher education. Argentina and Russia are at the bottom with 4 euro per hour for experienced telecom engineers, and at the top we find Germany with 30 euro per hour for the same group. 

Experience pays in all countries with increases of between 50 and 100 percent for telecom engineers with 20 years of experience, compared to starters. 

Most countries has a similar large difference in pay between  larger companies (500+) and smaller companies (less than 200). While the telecom providers are mostly larger companies, over the past decade they have sourced out much work for cost savings. That is not the case for a few countries, like the Czech Republic, while in Argentine the difference was rather small.

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