You would think that an industry facing debilitating talent shortage would offer attractive perks to lure women to join its ranks? The truth is female IT staff continues to be paid much lesser than their male counterparts. And, most people wonder why only 15-20% of the Australian IT industry workforce are female.
Even Wimbledon has done it, it is time for the IT industry to follow suit. Sure, money is not the only thing, but by remunerating female staff at par with their male counterparts, the industry sends the correct message (perhaps here is an opportunity for the IT industry to buck the national trend) , and it is one less problem for an industry that needs to focus its resources on other issues to fight the skills shortages. There seems to be no other choice.
Additional resources on women in IT
- Female IT graduates earn less than their male counterparts
- "Women freaks over geeky image" says a Diversiti report
- Women in IT – What are the barriers (Government study)
- Global Gender Gap Index – Australia ranks 17th (below Sri Lanka)
- Argument to have paid maternity to entice more women into IT
- Few role models for girl in IT
- Introducing Girls to ICT industry
- AWISE’s (Australian Women in IT and Science Entity) presentations
- Harvard Business Review explores why female technologists leaves the workforce
- Debates on why women quit IT continues at Computerworld, and others blame ‘isolation’.