Careers Slideshow: IT Gender Gap Persists in Pay, Executive Promotions

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-07-2011
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IT Gender Gap Persists in Pay, Executive Promotions

IT Gender Gap Persists in Pay, Executive Promotions

38 percent of female respondents say they feel they're paid less than males with the same skills/experience, up from 34 percent in 2008.
If fairness is the intent, then you strive to be gender blind when determining raises and promotions for female professionals in your IT department. That means the value of performance primarily drives the outcome. Those of you who have been able to achieve this are, apparently, in the minority. More than ever, women feel that they're well behind male counterparts with respect to salary and opportunity for advancement, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. And salary figures and position-status standings reported by male and female workers back up this contention. The upshot: While we like to think we've progressed far beyond the old glass-ceiling dynamic that kept women from advancing professionally in the 20th Century, we still have a long way to go. "While many companies are working toward greater equality in all measures of the workplace, a significant disparity still exists," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Workers in general are more vocal about shortcomings when it comes to their pay and title especially coming off of a recession when workloads and hours largely increased." More than 1,630 female workers and 2,270 males took part in the survey. Here are selected highlights:
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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