Female IT graduates in Australia will earn more than male counterparts
New data from the Federal Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency shows that female IT graduates can expect to earn more money than their male counterparts in 2013.The just ended 2012 the gender pay gap more than doubled from $2,000 to $5,000 in favour of men across all industries in 2012, with an average gap of 9.1 percent. Architecture, dentistry, optometry and law were the sectors with the largest gap in favour of men. That was not the case with female computer science graduates who earned a median starting salary of $55,000 last year which was more than median starting salary of $52,000 for male computer science graduates and over the same period the gap in the sector increased by 8.7 percentage points.With the blending of business and IT roles, more women were shifting from the business side into ICT departments, bringing skills that companies often struggle to find when hiring purely for technically skilled.
Skills in the telecommunications, project management and those related to the trend of big data were in demand across the board.Females tend to work more in the business analysis and project spaces rather than hard core technical spaces, but having said that, I have seen an increase in women in technical roles.Last year, an Australian Computer Society study found women may start out earning more than their male counterparts although they typically lose ground over time. Women with seven to ten years’ experience earn a median salary of $85,000, compared with men’s $91,500, according to the Australian Computer Study. Women with twenty to twenty five years’ experience can expect to earn $106,800 compared with their male counterparts’ $120,000.There’s also a problem with participation by women in the sector, with women comprising only 18 percent of the ICT workforce, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.