Women who work in IT companies now earn almost the same salaries as their male counterparts, as gender gap narrows in the industry. But the similarities in salary only applies to professional men and women of equal experience levels, educational attainment, and job positions.
A new salary survey conducted by Dice.com shows that the number of women who are working for companies in information technology has increased significantly.
The website’s Tech Trends report for the first quarter (PDF) of this year shows, however, that women (31 percent) are still outnumbered by men (69 percent) of the entire IT workforce.
Even so, the number of women in the field gained notable traction, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics saying that 46 percent of new tech-related job posts went to women since New Year 2013.
The latest Dice salary survey confirms the salary gender gap has vanished since its analyses started in 2009.
Dice SVP Tom Silver said tech employment is a skills driven market, and employers hire tech professionals who know how to apply these skills on a particular problem.
The 2012-2013 survey showed an average annual income of $95,929 for men and $87,527 for women. But these figures differed only because the two gender groups tend to have diverse job positions. For example, only project managers made the top five job posts on both groups.
Still, women (58 percent) were more satisfied with their compensation than men (56 percent) were of their salaries.
Shifting between jobs may pose a difficult task against unemployment, but that seemingly insurmountable test is not based on a professional’s gender.
In IT, and technology as a whole, female professionals can measure up against their male counterparts and see if they possess the necessary skills to take it a step further. And tech departments may spearhead this approach for other industries.
Gender aside, the best employee will always prevail in a working environment where the workforce share equal opportunities to develop and harness their skills in key projects.
Talent thrives in companies that treat men and women equally on all aspects.
Unemployment, Resignations, And Layoffs
While the 2013 national average endures an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent, the IT industry has a lower unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. Dice added that unemployment in IT was greater than the overall U.S. workforce during the first quarter of 2004.
After more than 17,000 additional job positions since the start of 2013, consultation services continue to rule job growth in the field. But data processing, hosting, manufacturing, and several IT sectors are still laying off jobs since the New Year.
Other notable unemployment rates below the overall national average for IT include web developers (1 percent), network architects (1.7 percent), software developers (2.2 percent), and database admins (2.8 percent).
Dice found that several IT professionals have great job prospects, even under the low unemployment rate, and most of them will not leave their jobs.
According to BLS, a monthly average of 380,000 employees in business and professional services left their jobs during January and February of this year. This figure is lower than the monthly average of 389,000 people who resigned during the last quarter of last year.
Dice found that layoffs also affect IT professionals, with the number of discharges in January and February averaging 386,500 employees in business and professional services.