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May 21, 2015

UK tech women fighting to level the gender pay gap

Women in UK tech earn 13% less than male counterparts.

By Ellie Burns

Women are being paid 13% less-than men, with the average woman in technology earning nearly £5,000 less than her male counterpart.

Highlighting the gender pay gap in tech, Technojobs found that women in technology roles are paid an average of £34,578 per year, compared to the £39,206 earned by their male counterparts.

But women are starting to fight back.

Evidenced in women’s salary demands in job applications, women are trying to bridge the pay gap. According to the IT jobsite’s research, women look on average for a salary between £34,574 and £45,737.

This is only four per cent less than what men expect to be paid – between £36,176 and £47,656 – highlighting that women are looking to make larger jumps in salary than their male counterparts and achieve parity in earnings.

Another worrying figure which needs to be addressed by workplace diversity initiatives is that there is more than double the amount of men in managerial or director roles than women in the tech industry.

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

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"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."

The Technojobs research was based on 5000 CVs from its database, with the female to male ratio split evenly.

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