Pay gap, lack of role models to blame for ICT gender imbalance: EOWA
- 14 November, 2012 10:33
The pay gap between women and men in IT and the lack of senior female role models are the main reasons why young women are not taking up a career in ICT, according to Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA).
Speaking ahead of an address to the VMWare Women in IT event in Sydney today, EOWA director Helen Conway used the research from the 2012 Remuneration Survey conducted by the Australian Computer Society to show how serious an issue the gender pay gap is in the industry. She said the research found that men in ICT earn, on average, 9.8 per cent more than women, even though women entering the industry start on comparable or slightly higher salaries.
With not enough women entering the industry, Conway said this has resulted in a lack of senior role models for young women to look up to, which further contributes to the problem of young women not thinking of IT as a suitable career choice.
“Male dominated industries are off-putting to women — when women don’t see senior female role models and examples, they fall back on traditional jobs.” She said.
“Australia has a very segregated occupational structure. Mining and ICT are not repelling women – far from it, many companies have active recruiting campaigns to find women.”
Conway urged for more organisations in the industry to get involved in high school programs that educate young women about diverse IT career options and provide examples of senior women who have built successful and rewarding careers.
“Industries such as mining and ICT have seen the necessary talent pools of women are not there, and we see best practice among them where they are going to the high schools, which is where that pipeline starts,’’ Conway said.
“Some of the mining companies are showcasing their women, in films, and storytelling is a powerful tool.’’
According to EOWA’s snapshot of 12 ICT companies, about one-third of companies are involved in high school and tertiary programs, and have set targets for recruitment of women by using social media and industry networks. About a quarter of companies’ CEO are involved in gender diversity initiatives.
Offering flexibility through remote work and mentoring programs for women who are starting out in their careers are the most common gender diversity initiatives across the companies, according to EOWA.
Follow Rebecca Merrett on Twitter: @Rebecca_Merrett
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
Larry Page wants to see your medical records
Dual-Persona Smartphones Not a BYOD Panacea
After two-year hiatus, EFF accepts bitcoin donations again
CIOs struggle to deliver timely mobile business apps: survey
Spiceworks' free management software gets integrated MDM
Building a Better Mousetrap in Anti-Malware
This story is becoming frustratingly old. Cyber threats are continuously advancing in their adaptability speed, sophistication, and degree of stealthiness. At the same time, the exposed footprint is expanding. More business operations are moving online and end-user devices—corporate-issued and user-owned—are expanding in number and variety. A reasonable question asked by executives responsible for making decisions on their organisations’ security budgets is whether their money and resources are being spent wisely. Are their businesses buying and using the best mix of security technologies to meet their needs and obligations? Read on.
NetApp FAS6240 Clustered SAN Champion of Champions
Storage systems today must match agility with diversified I/O performance to satisfy an enterprise’s changing needs. In their review, Silverton Consulting ranks the NetApp FAS6240 Clustered SAN, as an Enterprise OLTP “Champion of Champions.” Read the results of their benchmark testing and the features that impressed them the most.
The Foundation for Cloud Management
For businesses looking to provide real-time business solutions to employees and customers alike, you need to have a comprehensive network management strategy. The network is the foundation of all successful cloud services; it must be robust to meet traffic, efficiency, and performance demands. Download today the four steps to get your network operations cloud-ready.