IT Industry: Gender Pay Gap

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Today's Ada Lovelace Day (13th October) is a celebration of women working in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). However, it also serves as a reminder of how far there is to go before women have the same advantages as men in these fields.

We took the opportunity to analyse the prospects and salaries of women in the IT industry. Other than getting a closer look at the best paying coding languages, the results are not encouraging:

Generalist/Management Positions:

PositionMenWomenPay gapRatio Men:Women
Senior Manager83,00064,00023%8:1
Head of IT/CTO127,000131,000-3%15:1

Though the 3:1 ratio of men to women at entry level still leaves room for improvement, it looks fantastic compared to the ratio in more senior positions, or in more technical development roles (see below). Female CTOs and Heads of IT actually earn 3% more than their male counterparts. However, the 15:1 ratio of men to women at this level means that only a precious few female executives get to enjoy this pay parity.

Software Development Postions:

PositionMenWomenPay gapRatio Men:Women
HTML/Javascript Developer32,00031,0003%10:1
HTML/Javascript Senior Developer46,00038,00017%10:1
C++ Developer49,00037,00024%17:1
C++ Senior Developer82,00056,00032%15:1
C# Developer40,00036,5009%10:1
C# Senior Developer65,00052,00020%25:1

The representation of women in developer roles is uniformly abysmal, with a ratio of 10 men to every women apparently quite normal, rising to 25:1 among senior C# developers. Some men working in the field may genuinely need the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hastag to tell them what a female engineer looks like. Web development (HTML/Javascript) is more female-friendly than other programming languages, with a significantly smaller pay gap as well as slightly better gender ratios. However, salaries are also lower than for other languages.

Results are based on 1352 IT professionals working in the UK. Pay gap percentage was calculated as percentage difference between men's salary and women's, i.e. if the women's salary is 95% of the men's salary, the pay gap is 5%.


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