Tech Gender Pay Gap Becoming More Evident

By Tamanna Desai
Technology & Innovation Editor

Everyone has heard of the gender pay gap that exists in America. According to iwpr.org which is the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women only made 80 cents for every dollar a man made in 2015. However, the gender pay gap is most evident in the technology industry.

Cnet.com says that Glassdoor found women computer programmers to be making 28.3 percent less than male computer programmers who had the same job. The second highest gender pay gap in the technology industry was found in gaming artists at 15.8 percent.
Many networks that specialize in helping men and women get jobs such as Hired, urges companies to use a different metric system when determining how much a man or a woman should get paid after leaving a previous job. Many companies calculate a person’s net worth based upon their previous salary and what they can provide for the company.

Glassdoor CEO and co-founder, Robert Hohman told CBS news that, “Our detailed analysis reveals that even when factors such as age, job title and location are controlled for there is still an unexplainable pay gap between women and men — and that isn’t acceptable.”

While studies are being done to determine why women receive less pay in the tech world, it is actually very uncertain due to the amount of bias that is unmeasurable.

Forbes suggests using research tools such as Payscale and Comparably to calculate how much your gender could impact your salary. The article also says that when interviewing with recruiting managers, it is important for the interviewee to understand how much their net worth is and be able to come up with a reason as to why he or she thinks they deserve the salary that they say they do. Studies are still being done to understand what the best solution for this problem is. The gender pay gap is a diversity issue that has existed for so long. Many sources say the more discussion regarding the issue needs to be circulated in order to come up with the best metrix system and understand the cause.

Other interesting technology sectors that have a gender pay gap include data analyst at 7.2 percent and mobile developer at 2.9 percent.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 22nd print edition.

Contact Tamanna at
tamanna.desai@student.shu.edu

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