5 bar­ri­ers for women in tech

The DQWeek (Chennai) - - EDIT -

omen in the tech­nol­ogy field face wage in­equal­ity com­pared to male col­leagues, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by tech­nol­ogy as­so­ci­a­tion ISACA.

Work­place gen­der bias and short­age of fe­male role mod­els are the other main bar­ri­ers faced by women work­ing in the tech­nol­ogy field.

ISACA has re­leased the Fu­ture Tech Work­force: Break­ing Gen­der Bar­ri­ers re­port which co­in­cides with In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. Top 5 Bar­ri­ers ex­pe­ri­enced by women in Tech 1. Lack of men­tors – 48% 2. Lack of fe­male role mod­els in the field – 42% 3. Gen­der bias in the work­place – 39% 4. Un­equal growth op­por­tu­ni­ties com­pared to men – 36% 5. Un­equal pay for the same skills – 35% “Women are vastly un­der­rep­re­sented in the global tech­nol­ogy work­place. This is not only a so­ci­etal con­cern, but also work­force prob­lem, giv­ing the crit­i­cal short­age of skilled tech­nol­ogy pro­fes­sion­als faced by en­ter­prises,” said Jo Ste­wart –Rat­tray, Board Di­rec­tor of ISACA and Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity and IT As­sur­ance at BRM Holdich.

75% of re­spon­dents state their em­ployer lacks a gen­der lead­er­ship devel­op­ment pro­gram. 8 out of 10 women re­port their su­per­vi­sors are male and 8 per­cent re­port never ex­pe­ri­enc­ing gen­der bias in the work­place.

The sur­vey found that women specif­i­cally want men­tors, role mod­els and strong net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

ISACA con­ducted the study via on­line polling among its fe­male mem­bers world­wide. More than 500 in­di­vid­u­als par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey, which was fielded in Novem­ber 2016.

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