Almost half of women working in the IT industry believe they are not being paid as much as their male counterparts, according to a survey by IT suppliers organisation Intellect.
Of the 435 female IT professionals asked whether they were being paid fairly, 49% said they felt unequal in the pay stakes.
The survey also found that 62% of women believed their company did not have a transparent pay structure, with 67% saying they did not know whether their company had carried out an equal pay audit.
Some 72% said their opinion of their employer would improve if the organisation conducted such an audit. And 80% believed equal pay audits should be compulsory.
Gillian Arnold, chair of Intellect’s Women in IT Forum, said, “Whether the pay gap is perceived or real, if a woman believes that 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 can avoid unnecessary negative publicity and legal fees.”