For decades the oil and gas sector has been male dominated but recent drives have led to an uptake in the number of women being employed.
However it is acknowledged that more needs to be done to encourage diversity at all levels in all roles.
Figures analysed by the Press and Journal show an average pay gap across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire of 12.6%.
However if you exclude firms within the energy sector this reduces the average gender pay gap in the region to just 7.17%. The Scottish average is 9.46%.
Out of 49 non-energy related firms who lodged results in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, 31 pay men more, four have equal pay and 14 pay women more.