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Female IT execs earn 2% more than men

If you are a female executive, IT is a better place for you than many other industries, with female technology executives paid 2% more than men, according to new research.

But the industry is not quite off the hook, with some female IT specialists getting paid £6,000 less than their male counterparts.

The figures, from executive jobs website Experteer.com, were announced against a backdrop of less encouraging news on the average gender pay gap across the UK.

The Women and Work Commission reported that on average women are paid 22.6% less than men, closing the gap slightly on the 2007 figure of 27.5%.

Experteer.com also found that by the time staff reach managing director level, men are earning 15% more, and there are 10 times as many men as women in those jobs.

The Commission said the proportion of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) is not expected to reach 50% this century, with current levels at 18.5%.

It blamed gender segregation and stereotyping at schools for laying the foundations in girls' minds that SET subjects are not for them. The Commission recommended that the level of gender stereotyping be included in overall Ofsted schools inspections by the end of the next financial year (2011).

It said, "Segregation is ingrained in our culture and has significant implications for the career choices that young men and women make. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has made some headway in trying to break down gender stereotyping, through careers advice and guidance and also via the apprenticeship programme. However, efforts have been small-scale and sporadic."


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