Is there a gender pay gap in the technology sector?

In its latest study, analysed pay data from 11,500 UK professionals to find out more about gender inequalities within the technology industry. Results show two major kinds of gender gaps, spread across jobs and companies : the pay gap - with women sometimes earning 28% less than men -  and the demographic representation gap - only 3 in 10 tech workers are women.

Technology gender gap - By company size

Company size Salary - Men Salary - Women Pay gap Proportion of women
1-10 employees 40,000 29,000 28% 3 in 10
10-50 42,000 34,000 19% 3 in 10
50-250 45,000 36,000 20% 3 in 10
250+ 47,000 38,000 19% 3 in 10

Small company, big gap: the biggest gender pay gap (28%) is at technology firms with less than 10 employees. Without established salary grids, HR processes and scrutiny from the media and regulators, pay inequalities are not addressed in smaller companies.

3 in 10: across all company sizes, the ratio of women to men remains desperately low, with only 3 women out of 10 technology employees.

Technology gender gap - By job

Company size Salary - Men Salary - Women Pay gap Proportion of women
Product Management 60,000 58,000 3% 4 in 10
Digital Marketing 36,000 33,000 8% 5 in 10
Data Science 55,000 50,000 9% 1 in 10
Software Development 45,000 39,000 13% 1 in 10
Project Management 47,000 40,000 15% 4 in 10
Business Development 51,000 37,000 27% 3 in 10

Product management is leading the way: with the lowest pay gap (3%) in all technology jobs, and the highest median salaries (58,000), product management roles are currently  the best chance of equal pay for women in technology.

A deeply-rooted issue: Only 1 in 10 data scientists or software developers is a woman. This issue is rooted in universities and schools, where very few women study in the fields leading to these very technical jobs. A far cry from the 1960s where software development was seen as a predominantly female role akin to typing!

Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & CMO said: 'It is not intuitive that the technology sector, a trailblazing, forward-thinking industry, should be lagging in terms of gender pay gap. The financial sector has shown that regulation and co-ordinated action can make a systemic difference from graduate applications to board of directors ratios. Media pressure may well encourage the technology sector to mind its current discriminatory practices, though there may be blood on the walls as it happens, as with Uber. More transparency is needed when it comes to pay, and not only for companies with more than 250 employees, as currently required; not only either for the Financial sector, which is facing up to its failings.'


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