Workplace Slideshow: IT's Gender Gap: What's Really to Blame?

By Bob Violino  |  Posted 11-22-2010

33 Percent

33 percent of women respondents say being challenged is the most important factor in their career satisfaction. 33 percent of men respondents say compensation is the most important factor

33 Percent

Making Progress

59 percent of women and 55 percent of men say they're either "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the progression of their IT career.

Making Progress

Value of Skills

Technology skills are ranked as the most important factor by men (57 percent) and women (64 percent) for them to be successful in their IT jobs over the next five years.

Value of Skills

Mentor Support

33 percent of women and 28 percent of men say they've had or have a mentor to support their IT career.

Mentor Support

61 Percent

61 percent of women say having a role model or mentor is necessary for a successful career in IT. 56 percent of men say the same.

61 Percent

70 Percent

70 percent of women (versus 56 percent of men) say increased promotion of IT as a career choice for women would help encourage more young women to enter the field.

70 Percent

Highly Recommended

88 percent of women and 81 percent of men say they would recommend the IT field as a career choice for a family member. About the same percentages say they would recommend a career in IT to young women.

Highly Recommended

46 Percent

46 percent of men agree or strongly agree that female IT workers are equally compensated for their work as their mail counterparts. Only 22 percent of women agree or strongly agree with this.

46 Percent

Glass Ceiling?

39 percent of men say there is no glass ceiling in IT jobs; only 20 percent of women say there's no glass ceiling.

Glass Ceiling?

74 Percent

74 percent of women agree or strongly agree that female IT workers face a different set of career challenges than their male counterparts. Only 48 percent of men say the same.

74 Percent

17 Percent

17 percent of women (versus 27 percent of men) say being a female is an advantage to working in the IT field.

17 Percent