The gender pay gap remains an issue for many women in the technology industry, according to a recent survey.
IT solutions provider Ivanti surveyed over 800 women about their experiences and priorities in the technology industry. The Ivanti Women in Tech Survey 2019 showed that nearly half of those surveyed suggested the overall industry needs to close the gender pay gap and encourage more women to look at a career in tech. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said equality in pay and benefits would be the main factor in attracting them to a new role.
It also seems that the perception of a “glass ceiling” is growing. At least 31 percent of respondents said they believe there is a barrier holding back women in technology. That’s a rise from the 24 percent that cited that as a key challenge last year, according to the study’s authors.
Other key findings from the report include:
- Nearly 75% of respondents highlighted the importance of industry collaboration and partnership with schools and universities to encourage more women into technology.
- Career coaching and mentoring was identified by 40% of respondents as one of their top three priorities.
- Compared to last year’s key findings, the number of women who stated that they aren’t taken seriously in the workplace has decreased by 10%. However, this figure is still high at 53%.
- Companies are failing to adequately attract and retain female talent, according to 44% of respondents.
- When asked why women’s professional growth is often slower than their male counterparts’, 62% of respondents cited that stereotypes still favor men in leadership roles and that men and women in similar roles are judged by different criteria.
If employers want to ensure their employees stick around and remain satisfied, flexible schedules and career advancement should be areas of interest. Half of respondents said flexible working policies would attract them to a new role, while one third stated that greater support from their employer for part-time work in management positions would help progress their career.