It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the technology sector. If you work in IT and disagree, take a look around you – how many of your colleagues are women? How many are in senior positions? If you answered “over 25 per cent” to both of those questions, your workplace is definitely in the minority.
ISACA recently conducted a global survey of women working in IT to uncover the main barriers they face. This infographic breaks down the results.
Today is International Women’s Day, which is as good a reason as any to explore gender barriers in Australia’s IT workforce. While progress has been made since the boys’ club of the ’80s, women continue to face significant barriers in tech — from wage inequality and lack of growth opportunities to persistent gender bias and a shortage of female role models.
According to ISACA’s Women In Technology survey, a whopping 90 per cent of female IT workers have experienced the above. Interestingly, Australia and New Zealand ranked highest in the survey for pay gap disparity. Clearly, the problem is far from solved. As ISACA notes:
“[Our] results show that much work remains to be done before we can build the stronger tech workforce of the future—a workforce in which women are equally represented, fairly compensated, and confident that their employers are committed to their success.”
We urge you to check out the full study here but the infographic below does a good job of distilling the problem into digestible facts and figures. (To enlarge, open image in a separate tab.)