Women in IT still earn 13% less than male counterparts

Technojobs survey finds women are still paid significantly less than their male colleagues

Women working in the technology sector are being paid 13% less than their male counterparts, according to research from Technojobs.

The IT jobsite's survey revealed women in IT roles are paid an average of £34,578 per year, compared with £39,206 earned by men.

When looking for a job, women said they search for roles with an average salary of between £34,574 and £45,737. However, men said they expect to be paid between £36,176 and £47,656.

“From the research it is clear that, despite the gender pay gap in the tech sector, women have identified they should be earning more, and this is reflected in their salary expectations when applying for jobs,” said Anthony Sherick, managing director of Technojobs.

“It is pleasing to see signs of the distribution of salaries becoming more even. It is vital that we encourage more women into the UK tech industry, and this includes reducing the gender pay gap. The future of the industry relies on a greater range of talent and a more representative workforce, including more women taking up managerial and director roles,” he added.

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The report also found there is more than double the amount of men in managerial or director roles than women.

“Success in IT is male-shaped, but we can't give up and we will make it work,” said Gillian Arnold, BCSWomen chair, on International Women's Day in March. 

During the event, Arnold urged more women to write to their HR departments to request what the other employees at the same level are earning.

“Take your boss in hand and say what you plan to do in your review for the year, then at the end you can say I did this and this, I met my objectives and more. If you do this you can ask for that pay rise and demonstrate why you deserve it. Ask for a pay rise annually,” she said. 

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Women really need to advocate strongly for their careers and their pay. Don't sit around waiting for your manager to try and get you a raise; no one will ever be as invested in your best interests as you are. That goes for any employee, really, male or female. 

And please don't be any more dedicated to a company than that company is to you. The company has a bottom line, and so should you. 

Transparency is a wonderful thing, and if discussing salaries at your company is frowned upon or outright not allowed, please share information with others at sites like Glassdoor. We all deserve to have the information that we need to make the best decisions for our careers and salaries.
I don't doubt this is true. I definitely inherited the "talking about money is rude" belief from my mom, and combined with "asking for things is rude" philosophy, it makes it really hard for me to do things like ask for raises or investments in my training or anything where I have to address the price or cost of something. It's really a challenge.