Recently, the IT & StartUp scene has been talking about some sexism scandals. How it is really about the women in the IT is a look into the current salary statistics.
Sexism in the IT industry
Although some of the most influential positions in the tech scene - such as Facebook (Sheryl Sandberg), Yahoo (Marissa Mayer) or Youtube (Susan Wojcicki) are occupied by women, the scene is always talked about sexism and discrimination:
There is about the Fall Ellen Pao, which sued its former employer, the venture capital donor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, for sexual discrimination.
From Ellen Pao to Jacob Appelbaum
There is the escort scandal at the latest NOAH Conference at the beginning of June in Berlin: The NOAH is considered the sign of the German digital scene. At the evening party, however, they apparently tried to get through the low proportion of women among speakers and participants Employees of an escort service to lift.
And there are the accusations against the Internet activist Jacob Appelbaum, so far a prominent hanger of the Tor project, which he left at the beginning of June because of numerous accusations of sexual harassment and abuse.
Is the IT & Tech industry latently hostile to women?
These scandals are finally flanked by countless anti-feminist comments in the discussion forums of tech sites such as Heise.
It is therefore all the more interesting to take a look at the salary structure in this industry: Are women in the IT and tech industry systematically discriminated against? Is the scene latently hostile to women? And can this be seen in the salary, keyword gender pay gap?
Small differences in content are not friendly to women
The Salary Comparison Portal http://gehalt.de did just that and looked at the salaries of women in the scene - and comes to interesting conclusions: Although the gender pay gap is less than in other industries - but that is only with the particularly assertive women of the scene together.
Or, to put it plausively, the low differences in salary are not necessarily women-friendly. Why this is so, illustrate the figures that came out in the investigation. The sound first of all positive:
Women in the IT & Tech industry: A salary check
According to this, women with a scientific background in the IT project management deserve the best. Your annual income is 67.144 Euro. This is followed by product management with an average of 64.443 Euro and an employment in technical research and development with 63.989 Euro annually. In addition, positions in the field of insurance mathematics (63.968 Euro) and in the business consultancy (62.217 Euro) are also lucrative.
Among the highest salaries for women in the technical field are three engineering professions: the sales engineer with a salary of 58.392 Euro, the engineer in production with 55.029 Euro and the e-technician with 53.947 Euro. Another top occupation is the IT consulting (58.093 Euro), followed by the Regulatory Affairs Manager with 56.601 Euro, which is active in the pharma sector.
This is the gender pay gap in IT
The Gender Pay Gap, which is the difference between male and female salaries, looks encouraging at first sight. The pay gap in the appraised trades is significantly lower than the average 23 percent in all sectors.
It is between 2,2 per cent in insurance mathematics and the maximum value of 17 per cent in product management. Overall, the wage gap between male and female employees in the majority of the professions studied is below 10 percent.
If you would like to know more about the methodology at this point, we examined the total 4.812 remuneration data from the last 12 months. The highest paid professions were identified for women from the scientific and technical environment.
Female and male academics from the Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Technology (MINT) courses were considered. All data are employees without disciplinary personnel responsibility.
Women must be particularly strong in IT
A reason for joy? Not at all. The investigation also reveals that the proportion of women in the industry is frighteningly low. Philip Bierbach, Managing Director of Lohn.de, draws a surprising conclusion:
"According to our evaluation, the occupations in which a degree in a technical or sci- entific subject forms the basis, have a very low percentage of women of 11 per cent. When female employees are involved in these male-dominated occupations, an above-average high remuneration structure is often the basis. This has a positive effect on the pay gap. "
That's why women are turning their backs on the industry
It also shows how difficult it is for the industry to make women overall. No wonder, then, that some well-educated computer scientists turn their backs on her - and then change back into typical women's occupations.
Thus, in the ZEIT Two sisters were recently portrayed, both with a degree in computer engineering, who after a few years worked independently in consulting and development jobs - with a beauty institute. The reasons for the radical change are also mentioned in the article: The industry is too male-dominated and competitive. And the conclusion is:
With the IT, it has now concluded, the women share in the industry must increase others.
Conclusion: It also depends on the small differences
The statement is symptomatic. When it comes to the fact that women are still underrepresented in the IT and tech industry, we must certainly talk about differences in content and open sexism.
However, this is not systematically used, but seems rather system-immortal. It is therefore important to address the differences in thinking and corporate culture, which still make it difficult for women, especially with the family, to gain a foothold in the IT and tech industry so step by step change the mentality. Only then can things change sustainably.
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