Is there a Gender Gap in Roles and Compensation for Female IT Professionals?
Over time women have assumed more of a management role in IT departments - however they still lag men in both responsibility and compensation
In the process of collecting data for Janco;'s mid-year salary survey we have found the the gender gap within IT organizations is narrowing but still there. Of the IT professionals paid over $125,000 are more likely to be men the women. At the same time, women are a greater percentage of those paid under $50,000.
When we look at the roles that women play within IT, 41% of the women who are in IT now are project managers, middle managers and CIOs. Women feel they are paid less for the same job (47%) versus men (22%) who feel women are paid less.
Of the IT professionals who are paid more than $125,000 women seem to be closing the gap. In our suvey we are finding that 22% of the woment in IT make more than $125,000 versus 35% of the men.
Our on the subjective side our other prelminary findings are:
- 17% of women say there is no glass ceiling in IT, compared to 34% of men who say no ceiling exists.
- 75% of women say female IT workers face different career challenges than their male counterparts, compared to just 55% of men who feel the same way.
- 16% of females say being a woman presents an advantage in the IT industry, compared to 28% of men who say it's an advantage.
- 15% of women in IT say they're equally compensated for their work compared to men, as opposed to 38% of males who say women are equally compensated.
- 84% of females in tech say the industry needs more women, compared to 67% of men who agree.
- 42% of women in tech say a role model/mentor is necessary for a successful career, up from 39% last year.
- 73% of females in IT say they've never had a mentor to support their career, up from 67% in 2010.
- 2% of women are satisfied with the progress of their tech career, up from 59% last year.
- 87% of female survey respondents would recommend a career in IT to a family member, compared to 81% of male survey participants.
- Career Satisfaction drivers for Women in IT:
- Being challenged (33%)
- Flexibility (21%)
- Compensation (20%)