Half of women working in the IT industry believe their pay package is not comparable with that of their male counterparts.
A survey published today by IT supplier body Intellect reveals that 49% of women feel they are unequal in the pay stakes.
The survey of 435 women also found that 62% believed their company did not have a transparent pay structure.
In addition, 67% said they didn’t know whether their company carried out an equal pay audit.72% said they would have a higher opinion of their employer if it did conduct such an audit, while 80% believed equal pay audits should be compulsory.
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Carrie Hartnell, private sector programme manager at Intellect, said, “Intellect invites all interested parties to consider these results carefully and to work together to find solutions to the issues which have been highlighted.”
Gillian Arnold, chair of Intellect’s women in IT forum, said, “Whether the pay gap is perceived or real, it is something which will make women act.
“If a woman believes her salary is less than that of her male peers, for the same work and experience, then she will be prompted to look elsewhere. Transparency on salaries and benefits packages can help enormously and avoid unnecessary publicity and legal fees."