Females in the technology industry are paid less on average than their male counterparts, regardless of their job role or experience, Computer Weekly has found.
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The 2017 annual Computer Weekly salary survey, which asked its readers in the UK and Ireland about their careers in the tech sector, found women in the technology industry make less on average than men, with the average salary for women in tech reaching only £59,209 as opposed to the average male salary of £78,599.
Men in the tech industry continue to make more on average than women, regardless of the number of years of experience they have, the research found, with women who have less than three years of experience making on average approximately £18,000 less per year than their male counterparts.
The gender pay gap in the technology industry is nothing new, and it has been found pay gaps between men and women in the industry commonly increase as positions become more senior.
According to Computer Weekly’s research, the problem does not average out as experience increases, with women with 30 years or more of tech experience making on average £70,188 per year, whereas men with the same amount of experience are making £83,723 on average.
The average yearly salary of women in the technology industry also drops around the middle of their careers, with women who have between eight and 12 years of experience making more on average per year than a woman who had 13 to 19 years of experience.
Men’s salaries, on the other hand, see a small drop in average yearly salary, with between four to seven years of experience, and then see increased average salaries as time goes on.
Despite efforts to encourage women of all ages into the technology industry, the number of women in tech has remained the same over the last few years, and many claim it is significantly less than the number of women in IT during the 1980s.
Year-on-year, the number of women who responded to Computer Weekly’s survey dropped from 18% in 2016 to 17% in 2017, and the research found women make less than men in most IT job functions despite being in the same role.
This gap became significantly bigger in some roles, including tech sales and marketing roles where women make on average £70,771, whereas male counterparts make an average of £129,006 and senior management roles where women are paid £71,125 – far less than the average of £151,846 for male counterparts.
For IT managers, the gap was slightly smaller, where women are making on average £5,905 less than their male counterparts per year.
But for general IT staff, the gap was not so wide, with women only making on average £178 less than their male counterparts.
Gender pay gap laws
Though the gap was smaller in Computer Weekly’s 2016 salary survey results, the average salary for a woman in tech was still lower than a man’s.
In April 2017, the UK introduced gender pay gap laws which will require employers with more than 250 employees to publish figures including the gender pay gap mean and median average in their organisation.
Some believe this will help to increase diversity and inclusion in organisations – something that can be lacking in the technology industry as publishing data will help shine a light on organisations increasing their diversity and encourage poor performers to put new policies in place.