Women in tech ask for same pay as men but get less, study says
Pay gap expands as women climb career ladder from 9% to 31%, says Hired Inc survey
Marissa Mayer may have earned over $100 million in her four-year tenure at Yahoo, but not all women working in tech are faring as well, a new study detailing the gender gap shows. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters
Women in UK technology jobs are offered less money than men at every level, making the size of the gender pay gap multiply as they advance, according to a study of more than 10,000 employment offers by Hired Inc.
The median UK salary for women in technology fields like software engineering was 9 per cent less than that for men, according to the firm, a website focusing on technology jobs. That compares with an overall gender pay gap of about 14 per cent in the UK.
In the US, where Hired is based, the overall gender pay gap is 19 per cent, while the disparity for women in tech was 8 per cent, according to Hired’s data.
Women starting their careers ask for roughly the same amount of pay as men do, but get about 7 per cent less, the report said. At two to six years of experience, women still seek about the same pay but get 10 per cent less.Those discrepancies build up over the years, during which time women’s expectations of pay also decrease. Often, women ask for salaries that are 10 per cent or 15 per cent more than what they currently make, undervaluing themselves. Women with six years or more of experience ask for 18 per cent less than men do, and they receive 31 per cent less.”
Inequalities start off small, but that compounds with every raise, every job change and every promotion over the course of a woman’s career,” said Jessica Kirkpatrick, the Hired data scientist who prepared the report.
Juney Ham, Hired’s chief marketplace officer, said the website allows companies to screen out an applicant’s photo and name to avoid unconscious bias. It also pairs each applicant with a “talent advocate” who looks over their profile and can suggest adjustments in pay requests.”The wage gap can go away if we can have women set their wage expectations based on market data, rather than just adding a per centage to their current salary,” Ms Kirkpatrick said. She should know.
Ms Kirkpatrick, who holds a PhD in astrophysics from University of California at Berkeley, said she earned $14,000 (€12,600) a year less than two men who had the same qualifications at her first job. “That continued to propagate throughout my career,” she said, until she signed up on Hired’s website and wound up getting a job there in 2015. Kirkpatrick learned that her own pay requirements were about 25 per cent too low.”It’s been transformative for my career,” she says. “I feel like I’ve caught up to my market worth.”