Why Women In Tech Are Sharing Their Salaries On This Spreadsheet

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A recent study on wage inequality revealed men in tech roles are paid more for the same position at the same company 60 per cent of the time.

The research also showed women in tech asked for lower salaries than their male co-workers 60 per cent of the time.

But now Pagely head of content and engagement Lizzie Kardon is hoping to turn the tide.

She has created a Google spreadsheet where women can anonymously share their title, salary, location, years of experience and any benefits, such as working remotely or bonuses.

Speaking with the Today show in the US, Kardon said she hoped the initiative could create a sense of unity in an industry where women still account for around 25 per cent of the total workforce.

“I’ve learnt that women are stronger together and willing to help each other,” she said.

After just 500 entrants on the spreadsheet, Kardon revealed the average woman tech worker is being underpaid by gender standards as much as $10,000 per year.

Over 800 women have now shared their details on the spreadsheet.

As well as attracting UI/UX workers, software engineers and data analysts, the initiative has also drawn a number of marketing-facing roles such as marketing campaigns specialists, content directors and digital advertising operations specialists.

You can check out the spreadsheet here.

To continue the discussion about women in the technology space, get your tickets to B&T‘s Women Leading Tech event, taking place on April 8 in Sydney.

You can also submit your award entries here. Late entries close tomorrow (February 12).


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