Posted August 08, 2018 07:00:00 Australia’s booming tech industry and booming tech market has left a huge amount of money at the doorstep of men and women across the country.
In a new report, The Future of Men, researchers from Monash University in Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney used data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to show that more than 70 per cent of men in the country are aged between 20 and 34.
While women make up about 27 per cent, the study found that they make up 70 per on the proportion of people in this age group that are in employment or on full-time study.
“For this group, they are more likely to be employed, on full time study, or looking for a full-year work experience,” lead author, Dr Michaela Houghton said.
“This is because of the significant gender pay gap in the tech sector and the high rate of unpaid internships.”
Dr Houghtons research was carried out using data from The Future Of Men, a quarterly newsletter published by the Australian Institute of Technology.
The report looked at the gender earnings of men aged between 25 and 34 across the industries where they work, with a particular focus on software developers, and women in software and software engineering.
“The majority of these employees are male, which means that the majority of the work done by them is not paid,” Dr Houghts co-author, Dr Rachel Goulston said.
She said the study highlighted that the gender pay differential in the technology sector was a key driver for the current gender pay inequality in Australia.
“What’s important to understand about this is that there’s an enormous gender gap in this sector, that it’s not the case that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a woman or a man,” Dr Goulton said.””
It’s the men that are doing the work that is paying the price.
“The study showed that the pay gap between men and men is much wider than previously thought, with the pay of women, as a proportion of men, at an average of 19.3 per cent compared to 18.4 per cent for women and 15.4 for men.
Dr Haughton said this was because women were often paid less than men in tech, particularly software developers.”
Women in tech in particular are doing less work than men because of that,” Dr Piers Lacey, from Monastar University in Sydney, said.
He said the findings showed that tech companies needed to take action to help women in the workforce.”
They need to invest in mentoring, training, mentoring and career coaching to ensure that women in tech are in positions of power and responsibility, and in this environment they are making better decisions about the work they do,” Dr Lacey said.
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