It’s International Women’s Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to recognize the women engineers and land surveyors who work here at Nitsch! While women continue to be underrepresented in our fields of practice – according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 17.4% of civil engineers and 12.6% of surveying and mapping technicians – we’re proud of the fact that Nitsch beats this average: 30% of our engineers are women and 18% of our survey office employees are women.
Pictured above: Civil engineers Jess Wala, PE; Nicole Holmes, PE; Jenn Johnson, PE; and Brittney Veeck, PE check out a site plan.
While we will continue to work towards increasing diversity in the engineering field – using approaches like those highlighted here – we wanted to take this opportunity to share one of the concrete ways that Nitsch addresses gender and racial equality: ensuring that our employees receive equal pay for equal work.
Our process to ensure equal pay for equal work is well established – we’ve been using it (and building on it) since the early ‘90s! Our human resources team maintains a comprehensive database that allows our executive team to see each employee’s (or potential new hire’s) title, years in current position, education, years of experience, credentials, salary, and (proposed) salary. For every raise, promotion, and new hire, Nitsch’s executive team reviews the relevant information for similar roles and responsibilities to make sure that every employee is compensated fairly and comparably, and that there isn’t a gender or racial pay gap.
As we celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women on International Women’s Day, let’s also look for ways to make the future more equitable!
Pictured above: Civil engineer Kelsey Kern gets excited about a stormwater pipe in Newport, RI.