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Jul 19, 2017

Industry insights,

Leading the way for equality

You wouldn’t automatically think it, but recent studies have found that IT and Technology based businesses are leading the way with workplace gender equality.

You only have to look at some of the large players in this sector to see that they have gone out of their way to create a level playing field for both men and women. When the management team in Salesforce realised that women were being paid less than their male counterparts, they made the adjustments to equalise pay, companywide.  In addition, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have all reported that women’s salaries are in line with that of a man.

The technology sector doesn’t tend to follow the national average trends. If you consider that in the UK, women still generally earn less than men. The gender pay gap is 9.4%* per hour for full-time employees, mainly due to women choosing to take careers breaks when they have a family. If you include part time workers into this figure, the gender pay gap increases to 19%.

Not in technology

A woman may well be outnumbered, as men still hold about 70% of all technical roles, however, as technical based learning becomes a more popular subject for women to consider within further education choices, it’s likely we will see even more women in technical roles.

We are a business that champions and demonstrates gender equality. Not only do we focus on the person and their skills rather than their gender, which includes employing women in technical and non-technical roles, but we have also just undergone a companywide pay equalisation review, to bring every team member with similar roles and responsibilities in line with each other. For us though, it was less about gender equality, as this was never an issue, it was more about standardising our pay structure to ensure salaries are fair, and no two people doing the same role are paid differently.

We actively encourage diversity and promote equal opportunities for all of our employees, regardless of gender. It’s all about the individual and what they can bring to the role. 

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