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Could income equality attract more women to ICT?

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015

Information Age

It couldn't hurt.

The Australian ICT sector is generally acknowledged to pay its workers well - but male pay packets are still on average 18.1 percent better than those of women.

Addressing that gap - first raised in a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) report last month - is also a topic of a new report by the ACS and Deloitte Access Economics, entitled Australia's Digital Pulse.

The report notes that women are "significantly underrepresented in the Australian ICT sector compared to the wider professional workforce, comprising around one quarter of all ICT workers".

One reason for this could be income inequality, it states.

Although such "inequality among ICT workers is lower than income inequality across the entire Australian workforce, where females on average earn 34 percent less than their male counterparts … an earnings differential of [almost] 20 percent is a significant gap," the ACS-Deloitte report said.

"The ICT sector has some way to go with respect to improving income equality for women."

Of course, no organisation purposely sets out to pay women less: rather, it is accepted to be the result of unconscious bias.

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