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.
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.