When comparing average salaries of non-executive directors, men expect a 51 percent higher salary than women in the same position, a new study has found.

The research carried out by Norrie Johnston Recruitment found that a male finance or chief finance officer expects to achieve a 25 percent higher salary than a woman at the same level.

Positions in IT (0.4 percent), marketing (1.6 percent) and Customer Services (2.7 percent) deliver the smallest gap.

For some jobs – typically experienced-hire positions – you’ll be asked about your salary expectations. Find out what a typical salary would be for the job in question, then ask for 10 percent more.  This is particularly important when you’re starting your career – the difference of a few thousand when you’re 21 can turn into 20, 30 or 40 thousand difference later in your career, commented Dr Sue Black computer scientist and tech sector figure, who is contributing to Norrie Johnston’s work.