Women in Tech Face Opportunity Gap: Bustle, Dice Survey

A new survey by Dice and Bustle suggests that pay inequality in the technology industry is very real, and impacting women’s salaries and raises. Despite those issues, however, some 90 percent of women report they actively encourage the next generation to embark on a career in tech.

Some 82 percent of surveyed women voiced a belief in a wage gap, while 60 percent said they were treated differently than their male colleagues. The data suggests that women in technology roles are earning fewer promotions and raises than men with the same amount of experience; and those raises, once they finally arrive, are smaller. Specifically, some 13 percent fewer women than men reported receiving a promotion in the past year, and 19 percent fewer received a raise.

As women progress in their career, they increasingly notice the gap. While 21 percent of women with 5 years (or less) of experience believe in the gap, only 13 percent of those with 11-15 years of experience do. In keeping with that trend, a quarter of Millennial women don’t think there’s a pay discrepancy, compared to 16 percent of Generation X’ers, more than half of whom report direct experience with unequal pay.

No matter how many years they’ve spent in the industry, between 54-57 percent believe there aren’t equal opportunities for women in tech. Nor is company size a factor with regard to those opportunities: although more women at companies with fewer than 100 employees reported being given raises within the past year than men (35 percent to 19 percent), more hadn’t received a promotion (24 percent of women versus 18 percent of men).

Within larger firms, those gaps only widened: some 8 percent of women reported receiving a promotion within the past year, versus 15 percent of men. And 32 percent of women had received a raise during that period, compared to 45 percent of men.

For more data, as well as some quotes that cut to the heart of the issue, check out the infographic below (and click to enlarge):


7 Responses to “Women in Tech Face Opportunity Gap: Bustle, Dice Survey”

October 21, 2017 at 10:28 am, Jason Mason said:

If white women face this problem you might as well forget about black people. .


October 26, 2017 at 7:11 am, Joe said:

Absolute male bovine excrement Nicky. All tech firms (heck, all large corporations) are desperate for female STEM workers and managers. This is the type of garbage “article” that DICE never used to have. Nicky, go to Yahoo or some other fake news organization.


October 26, 2017 at 7:32 am, Ab said:

I am a female IT manager with a strong track.record and respected by male subordinates. I had to leave my position to relocate with my husband. I cannot find another job. Another female manager I know, in the same situation, has been unemployed for 2 years. It is a myth that female managers are desired. Many of the ones who do get hired are socipaths.


October 26, 2017 at 7:47 am, Carol said:

you’re a male right Joe? How would you have any idea how it is in IT world as a woman?! and how woman are treated? The discrimination against women in IT is very real, the data given in this article is legit:



October 26, 2017 at 8:28 am, SD said:

And as a woman, how would you know what it’s like to be a male in tech? Your logic is inherently flawed.


October 26, 2017 at 8:27 am, SD said:

Woman in tech here. I completely agree, Joe. I am sick and tired of women coming up with baseless complaints without taking an objective look at the facts.

I am a proud non-feminist.


October 26, 2017 at 10:47 am, Cliff said:

I’d like to see Minorities stats as well.
We are being locked out of opportunities and it’s getting worse not better


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