It’s time to close the 23.3% pay gap in our industry
CREW Network’s 2015 Benchmark Study Report: Women in Commercial Real Estate found a 23.3% gender pay gap among industry professionals. The gap begins to widen at mid-career and increases to nearly 30% in the C-suite.
Recent social movements have heightened society-wide awareness about negative treatment and pay disparities that women are facing in the workplace. Like other industries, commercial real estate is now under greater pressure to address these issues as companies strive to meet equality and diversity and inclusion goals.
CREW Network’s 2018 white paper, Achieving Pay Parity in Commercial Real Estate, presents expert insight, data, best practices and action items for company leadership, human resources, and women professionals to close the gender pay gap. The publication also explores why the pay gap exists and what’s on the horizon for equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation globally.
CREW Network’s 2017 white paper, Diversity: The Business Advantage, found that gender equity and diversity and inclusion efforts result in clear business advantages and measurable growth in the commercial real estate industry. Along with gender equity and greater diversity and inclusion, pay parity can benefit your business by:
Enhancing your company’s reputation among community, clients and employees
Improving employee engagement, which could lead to greater productivity and profit
Attracting a wider pool of talent
Increasing business activity and overall performance
Fostering workplace diversity
Increasing employee trust in leadership, which could lead to greater retention and productivity
Decreasing employee turnover
More than 80 countries have some form of equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation in effect, while approximately 24 have some sort of mandatory reporting requirement. The white paper provides a snapshot of the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—the countries where CREW Network chapters and affiliate groups are located.
The white paper also takes a look at best practices of companies that have achieved—or nearly achieved pay parity, including Wells Fargo, Adobe, Salesforce and Starbucks, plus insight from leading experts and researchers on pay parity and hiring trends.
Women and men on the executive level appear to be negotiating their salaries equally. Most candidates have outside guidance on the offer process from an employment lawyer, mentor, or HR professional.
Closing the pay gap could be determined by unconscious bias and how employers react to women’s increased and improved compensation negotiations. Harvard research found that for women, sometimes it does hurt to ask for more. In a series of experiments, evaluators penalized women more than men for initiating negotiations. The white paper provides tips and action items for employers to overcome this bias and for women to navigate negotiation.
Pay data is more accessible than ever through technology. Women are open to sharing their compensation information with other women, especially when they’re in similar positions or markets.
Companies that have achieved pay parity agree that it’s not a one-off event and must be evaluated annually and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network is the industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. The organization supports more than 11,000 members in 74+ major markets through business networking, leadership development, industry research and career outreach. CREW Network is also the leading producer of research on women in commercial real estate. It develops white papers annually and publishes a benchmark study every five years to provide valuable industry data and insights.
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The white paper was produced by the 2018 CREW Network Industry Research Committee. Support our research efforts by donating to the CREW Network Foundation Industry Research Fund.