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Survey reveals gender pay gap for Data Engineers is the biggest in the industry

A review of the state of diversity in Data & Analytics has found that the gender pay gap for Data Engineers is at 21.7%, significantly more than the UK average of 17.9%.

Despite numerous efforts to increase the number of women in STEM field, this survey, which includes data from 1,600 respondents, had found that, whilst the industry average gap is just 13.3%, Data Engineering teams are significantly lagging behind.

The report, ‘Diversity in Data & Analytics’ authored by specialist recruitment consultancy Harnham, discovered that the less diverse teams are, the higher pay gap they are likely to encounter. This is despite the fact that recent research from LinkedIn found that 82% of Hiring Managers considered diversity to be a top issue in 2018. A lack of women in leadership positions is also likely to have impacted the pay gap, with women holding only an eighth of senior roles in this field.

While there are some brighter spots on the horizon, data from Marketing Insight Analysts shows a more equal gender balance with a pay gap of just 5%, there is still a long way to go.

Kat Heague, a partner at Harnham, comments:

“The business case for a diverse and equal workforce is clear – research has continuously proven that diverse teams yield better results A diverse workforce creates a more holistic business; one filled with more innovative products and services, in addition to creating a more stimulating, enjoyable and challenging environment for individuals to thrive in. In order to remain competitive in attracting and retaining the best skills in the market, businesses must explore ways to accommodate and support a diverse range of talent.”

Harnham’s review of diversity within the Data & Analytics industry in 2019, which also features commentary on how different ages, ethnicities and minorities are represented within the industry, is available to download from

Harnham, the global leaders in Data & Analytics Recruitment, were founded in 2006 and now employ 120 people across three offices globally. Find out more at