As odd as it can be, women and men are not paid equally.
In the UK’s tech industry, female workers earn less than their male colleagues in all jobs, from computer programming to data processing.
According to the ONS’s Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, women’s salaries can be as much as 37 per cent less than men’s.
In the graphic below, it’s possible to see the salary gender gap in seven jobs in the UK tech industry.
The highest gap is seen in the role “data processing and web portals”. While male workers earn £726 per week, women are paid much less, at £457.
Even in computer programming, where the payment difference is the smallest among the jobs analysed, female programmers still make 22 per cent less than men. Women earn £534.70 per week, while men get £689.90.
The graphic below shows that there is no equality in salaries in any job considered in the analysis. Other roles in the survey, such as software designing and computer games, couldn’t be analysed as there was no sufficient data about women’s earnings.
Earlier this month, the group Girls in Tech launched a campaign to bring awareness to the gender pay gap in the tech industry.
The campaign is a response to the recent comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said during an interview in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference that women should rather trust the system than ask for a raise.
Girls in Tech campaign promises to raise the gender wage gap with companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IBM, PayPal and others.
Kate Brodock, Girls in Tech president, said:
“By teaching employees how to effectively ask for a raise and creating a system that supports that, we hope to empower those women that are currently hesitant to ask for a raise, and gain productive partners in the participating companies.”
Featured image: credit to European Union 2015 – European Parliament