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IT professionals call for more women to enter industry

Perceived pay gap continues to dominate equality debate

In a month when the Equality Act came into force, IT jobs specialist, CWJobs.co.uk, found that just 55% of IT professionals feel there is currently a fair representation of women in the industry, and 64% feel a better gender balance would be beneficial to the sector.

Highlighting a disparity in salary perception between the sexes, 63% of females think they earn less than men, while just 28% of men believe this is the case. Reflecting the Equality and Human Rights Commission report* finding that the gender pay gap is lowest for the under 30s, CWJobs data shows that just 25% of 20 – 29 year olds think women earn less than men, while 33% of 30 – 39 year olds believe this is the case.

76% of the 5,556 IT professionals surveyed think younger IT specialists are not as valuable to the industry as those with experience of ten years or more. However, 62% do feel there is a fair representation of people of different ages in IT.

Richard Nott, Website Director at CWJobs.co.uk comments: “There is evidently still work to be done on tackling in-equality in the industry. At CWJobs we have a strong pool of female IT jobseekers, and believe we have the most diverse selection of candidates in the market. Although progress is being made, the industry as a whole must take steps to ensure equality is nurtured and continues to grow.”