GWPR to undertake global gender pay gap survey

Women’s PR industry body GWPR (Global Women in Public Relations) is planning to undertake a global gender pay gap survey in 2016.

GWPR is a new international network of independent Women in PR associations, providing a forum for networking groups of senior PR women to meet, share contacts and experiences for their mutual benefit. It is also an important channel for discussion on major issues affecting women working in the global PR industry.

Sue Hardwick MPRCA and Angela Oakes MPRCA, co-founders of GWPR said: “In the UK, women constitute two thirds of the overall working population in the PR industry, however there is a widely reported gender pay gap. Quite simply, men and women in the UK PR industry are not being equally rewarded.

We believe that this issue is not limited to the UK, but is affecting the majority of women working in PR around the world. Initiating this Global Gender Pay Gap Survey will enable us to highlight the bigger picture.

GWPR was launched last year, as an umbrella organisation linking WPR networking groups, so we can address key issues like this both for women and for the PR industry worldwide.”

GWPR has recently been appointed a place on the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) Board of Management, which will offer a global platform for the research. ICCO comprises PR trade associations representing over 2,500 agencies, in 48 countries worldwide.

ICCO Chief Executive Francis Ingham MPRCA said: “There is a global problem with the gender pay gap in PR, and we are very pleased that GWPR is seeking to address this issue. The existence of a gap deters entrants into our industry, and encourages leavers from it. With GWPR now a member of the ICCO Board, we can work closely to shine a light on this incredibly concerning problem. And having shone that light, we can then take action to solve it.”

If you have any questions about the research or are interested in taking part, please contact Sue Hardwick ( or Angela Oakes (


About GWPR

GWPR (Global Women in PR) is a new international network of independent Women in PR associations. As an umbrella organisation, GWPR provides an invaluable international forum for networking groups of senior PR women to meet, share contacts, experiences and ideas for their mutual benefit. It is also an important channel for debating and drawing attention to the major issues affecting women working in the global PR industry today.


About ICCO

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. The ICCO membership comprises national trade associations representing 48 countries across the globe in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Australia. Collectively, these associations represent some 2,500 PR firms.