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IT industry split on representation of women

Just over half of IT professionals believe there is a fair representation of women in IT, but there is major disagreement over the pay disparity between the sexes.

A study by CWJobs.co.uk of 5,556 IT professionals found 55% feel there is fair representation of women in the industry.

On pay, 63% of women think they earn less than men but only 28% of men agree.

Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs.co.uk, said, "There is evidently still work to be done on tackling inequality in the industry."

The IT sector is still more than six decades away from reaching gender pay parity, according to a recent report from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Salaries for women in the industry increased by 2.1 % over the past 12 months, compared to 1.4 % for men. However, the average wage for male managers was £17,736 more than that of their female counterparts, the CMI said.

The research found IT was the least equal sector, with the gap narrowest in engineering companies at £2,433. Even at junior level, male executives in IT on average received £1,119 more than female executives.


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