New Survey Documents Perceptions of Sexism and Gender Discrimination in the High-Tech Sector

Dice is the leading database for technology professionals, managing over 9 million profiles in the United States. The platform helps technology professionals manage their careers and employers connect with highly skilled tech talent.

The company recently released a new report that examines perceptions of sexism and gender discrimination in the high-tech industry by employees who work in the field. Following are some highlights from the report.

  • Women are vastly more likely to believe that gender inequality occurs in the tech industry. In fact, 58 percent of technologist respondents who identified as women stated they believe discrimination occurs frequently or very frequently, compared to 31 percent of men.
  • More than half of women respondents (57 percent) reported that they personally had experienced some form of gender discrimination, drastically outnumbering the number of men respondents who said the same (10 percent).
  • More than half of women respondents (53 percent) stated that they’ve witnessed discrimination in salary or benefits.
  • Some 47 percent of women respondents said they’ve witnessed discrimination with leadership opportunities, 45 percent with promotional opportunities, and 48 percent of women respondents said they’ve witnessed discrimination with regard to their technical abilities.
  • Compensation, as it relates to gender, has been a hot-button issue within the technology industry for several years, but the survey found that 57 percent of men reported satisfaction with current compensation. This was just slightly higher than for women at 53 percent.
  • Only 37 percent of technologists identifying as women said they were extremely or moderately impressed with their company’s response to calls for greater gender diversity and inclusion; and 17 percent of technologists identifying as women expressed that they are not at all impressed.

The author notes that “that gender discrimination is likely underreported in the workplace, since many women are afraid that speaking out could have a negative impact on their performance reviews and careers.”

The full report, Equality in Tech: Technologist Perception of Race and Gender Equality and Discrimination, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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