5 Biggest Barriers Faced By Women In Tech: Study

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 08, 2017

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Lack of mentors, lack of female role models in the field, gender bias in the workplace, unequal growth opportunities when compared to men and unequal pay for the same skills are among the main barriers faced by women working in the technology field, according to a new survey by global technology association ISACA.

The report released, “The Future Tech Workforce: Breaking Gender Barriers”, which coincides with International Women’s Day, points out the top five barriers experienced by women in tech as:

·        Lack of mentors (48 per cent)

·        Lack of female role models in the field (42 per cent)

·        Gender bias in the workplace (39 per cent)

·        Unequal growth opportunities compared to men (36 per cent)

·        Unequal pay for the same skills (35 per cent)

“Women are vastly underrepresented in the global technology workforce. This is not only a societal concern, but also a workforce problem, given the critical shortage of skilled technology professionals faced by many enterprises,” said Jo Stewart-Rattray, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, FACS CP, board director of ISACA and director of information security and IT assurance at BRM Holdich. “ISACA’s survey findings reinforce that there is much work left to be done. By providing more opportunities, including career advancement programs, we can make long overdue progress in ensuring that women are more equitably represented in the technology workforce.”

When asked about opportunities for professional growth, 75 percent of respondents state their employer lacks a gender leadership development program. Additionally, eight out of 10 women report their supervisors are male and just eight percent said that they never experiencing gender bias in the workplace.

The survey found that women specifically want mentors, role models and strong networking opportunities. At the top of the list of barriers for women in the ISACA survey were “limited networking opportunities” and “lack of a strong professional network”.