The gender gap in tech – in 3 charts


Next time someone questions whether tech really has a gender problem, you can always refer them to this post. (Don’t worry, we’ve even got pedagogical and colourful charts to lighten the mood!)

1) Less than 2 in 10 tech giant employees are women

Google released a diversity report a couple of months ago, and Facebook, Apple, Twitter and a whole lot of other tech companies swiftly followed suit. The results neatly expose tech’s gender gap.

On average, something like 7 in 10 employees at these tech giants are men. But if we break it down further, and look at technical roles specifically, the figures are even more dismaying.

Google puts it pretty simply in its report.

“We’re not where we want to be when it comes to diversity. And it is hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”

No arguing with that.

2) Female coders “work for free” from mid-November

A female computer programmer in the UK earns 87 pence for every pound her male colleagues earns, newly released statistics from the ONS show.

That adds up to close to £2,000 every year, and translates to women coding for free from Nov 13 through to the end of the year. This chart shows female coders’ salaries as a percentage of their male colleagues’.

Things are even more dismal across the Atlantic, where US women in technical jobs are earning only 73% of what their male colleagues do, according to Narrow the Gapp.

3) One in five top STEM companies had no women on their boards

It’s no surprise that executive boards are not the most gender balanced of places. But did you know that STEM (that is, science and tech) companies are even worse off?

Across the board, FTSE companies have 17% female board directors. Dismal enough. STEM companies, however, have only 13%, the FTSE Female Report 2012 showed.

One in five top STEM companies didn’t have a single woman on their boards, meaning that they’re literally recruiting their leaders from only 50% of the workforce. (In other industries, all of the top companies had at least one woman on the board.)

Anything else?

Should we have highlighted something else? How would you summarize tech’s gender problem in a few key points? Please comment or tweet us @ProjectAda_.


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