Study reveals 10% pay gap between men and women in IT

ACS survey spotlights gender inequality in IT

Results from a study by the Australian Computer Society released today reveal that almost a third of ICT job seekers believe they have been discriminated against, based on gender, age, ethnicity or other factors, when applying for positions in the sector. An ACS salary survey also found that men working in the sector were on average earned 9.8 per cent more than women.

According to the study, although women enter the industry with comparative or slightly better salaries, within three to five years men have a salary that is on average 5 per cent higher than women.

The 2012 ACS Employment survey, which gathered responses from 2250 ICT professionals, found that more women than men are likely to be employed on a part-time bases.

ACS president Nick Tate said that although Australian industries all suffer from gender pay inequality, "few are in as much need as ICT to tackle it head on".

Close to half — 46.8 per cent — of the women surveyed indicated they felt they had experienced discrimination when applying for an ICT job, based on gender, age, ethnicity or other factors.

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This contrasted with 70.6 per cent of the men who were surveyed who indicated they hadn't faced any discrimination when applying for jobs. Over 17 per cent of women said they had faced discrimination based on gender, compared to 10.2 per cent of women who faced discrimination based on age and 6.8 per cent based on ethnicity.

The ACS study also found that 35 per cent of those surveyed, both men and women, who were 55 years old or older felt they had experienced discrimination based on age.

3 Comments

Pandy Monium

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At a time when there is ever-increasing disparity between the number of people with the requisite skills to fill thousands of vacant positions it behoves industry to address this issue immediately. Unfortunately I don't believe that will happen and this discrimination will continue until something far more substantial is done to force industry's hand.

Ross D

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Thousands of vacant positions? Not on seek!

John

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This seems to contradict the 10 or so years I have worked in IT, where everywhere I have worked there have been positions paid on the position, not the gender of the worker. In jobs where there have, although not a 50/50 split, but where females have held management and executive roles. It annoys me when I read articles like this, especially as a male that has full respect for women in the workplace, that I often wonder if they look at other factors other than gender. Does the company have set HR policies, follows a level of compliance and industry standard when recruiting, is the company successful. Are the companies private, government, non profit, small, medium, large. What were the positions that males/females held that were compared, how are the pay gaps between 1 position and what a range of industries pay that position, regardless of gender? How many times have you changed companies in a 10 year period and up skilled. What is your IQ, the list goes on. To be honest, yes there are typically less females than males in IT (but what about males/females in HR, males/females in Nursing, Education, Media, Retail, Sales, Finance etc). Having worked in a multitude of business types that have been fair employers of a position, regardless of gender, I think there is more to play than simple gender discrimination, as I have not seen it as pronounced as studies show. My wife is a sales executive in a team where her boss is female, and the CEO is male, and she often thinks these studies contradict a lot of what she see's as well. I wouldn't be surprised if in these particular work places where gender discrimination is seen, that there is other discrimination, usually associated with general workplace bullying which affects both male and female workers.

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