Workplace Slideshow: IT's Gender Gap: What's Really to Blame?
Large disparities still exist in the way men and women view employment within the technology field, according to the 2010 Technisource Women in Information Technology Report, conducted by Monster.com. Differences in viewpoints revealed in the study are concentrated in areas such as compensation, mentors and role models, and challenges faced, according to Technisource, a provider of technology services and talent. The study "demonstrates that while some lagging societal issues remain unchanged across the board, such as equal compensation, some perceived differences may be the result of specific choices and priorities between genders," the firm says. Among the key findings: Nearly 80% of women don't think compensation is equal between men and women, while nearly half of the male respondents perceive that there is equality. And, when asked about most important factors to men and women for career satisfaction, men cite compensation level and women choose being challenged and job flexibility. More than half of the women working in IT think there's a glass ceiling that restricts their employment growth. Both genders agree about the most important factors for career success over the next five years: Technology experience and skills.