Women closing the pay gap with men, at least when newly hired
Progress in closing the wage gap is more apparent when focusing on employees accepting new positions, according to the New Hires Quality Index from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Michigan. The data — which measures earnings of people taking new jobs each month — indicates that newly hired women earned about 96% of what men did as of July.
Data from Brad Hershbein, an economist at the Upjohn Institute, largely supports a research paper from Rakesh Kochhar at Pew Research Center earlier this year which showed average hourly wages for females jumped 45% between 1980 and 2018, compared with 14% for males.
Employers seeking strong social skills are going after females, Kockhar found, while Hershbein attributed the wage gains by women partly to educational attainment. About 23% of male new hires this year had a college degree compared with more than 29% for females. Looked at another way, men now account for 51% of the total wage bill compared with 55% a decade ago.