CREW Network commissioned their Benchmark Study to track the progress of females over the past 10 years in the industry, especially when compared to their male counterparts. In taking a new approach for the survey’s distribution, CREW enacted a “forward to a colleague” option. This resulted in 2,000 respondents and included a greater gender distribution than previously achieved in its 2005 and 2010 surveys.
The Benchmark Study Report’s findings are both eye-opening and promising for the advancement of women in the male-dominant CRE industry, yet they also tell the story of much needed change.
Key findings include:
In 2015, the median annual compensation gap was 23.3% between men and women (women at $115,000 and men at $150,000)
An “aspiration gap” exists between the genders: 28% of women want to be in the C-suite, whereas 40% of men aim to reach that goal
More women fill managing director, partner, and senior VP positions than ever before
The percentage of women with direct reports now matches that of men
CREW Network’s CEO Gail S. Ayers, said, “We are encouraged by the positive results of this research and the overall satisfaction of women in commercial real estate, but change is not coming fast enough.”
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