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AVWeek 524: Where Do We Go From Here?

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One Percent Better

If you’re in the US you may be enjoying a Labor Dabor, but that doesn’t stop the news from coming out. And since Tim was covering CEDIA Expo 2021, George has stepped in to cover what’s going on the commercial side of the AV industry. Joining him to do just that is Senior Design Consultant for Conference Technologies Victoria Ferrari and Principal of Fregosa Design (as well as hat trick for AVNation show guest) Rich Fregosa.

With a new month upon us, it’s once again time to crunch the numbers than AVIXA provides for the pro AV side of the industry. However, unlike months past July’s index numbers compared to June’s are down. The Sales Index has gone from 69.6 in June to 66 even in July, and for the employment index 62.8 to 55.7. Even so, these numbers are still comfortably ahead of the marks set during the initial pandemic. Some of this could be contributing to the delta variant, but could also be linked to supply chain issues that have been forming since the start of 2021. Is this just a bump in the road, or a sign of something more foreboding down the road? We look at the industry and see what this means moving forward.

Speaking of employment, we look at an article also from AVIXA looking at the gender wage gap within the pro AV space. Depending on factors of working part time or certifications, women in AV earn 79% to 89% of what men do in the same space. So the simple question with a difficult is how do we close this gap? What can the industry as a whole do to get this fixed and provide equity within AV?

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