The Employment Gender Gap Widens With
Seniority for Women in Tech
It’s no secret that women in tech face obstacles, given that it’s a historically male-dominated industry.
Pay inequality (that gets exacerbated any time a woman leaves the workforce) is one. But getting
through the door is another, illustrated by low female representation in tech applicant pools.
New research from Datapeople shows that applicant
pools for tech jobs at the highest levels have
diminished female representation.
And while employers have worked to improve the
representation of women in tech, applicant pools are
still predominantly male.
Datapeople’s science team recently
analyzed job listings data from over
10,000 U.S.-based employers and
found that men account for 67% of
applicants to tech jobs.
Women aren’t represented
proportionally in tech applicant
pools, despite earning over half of
all STEM degrees.
Software engineering pools, for example, have a mere 19% female
representation. Meanwhile, information technology and technology
infrastructure have even smaller percentages.
Datapeople found that applicant pools for
cross-functional jobs like product
management, project management, and
data tend to have the highest female
representation (about 63%).
Men represent about 65% of applicant
pools for junior jobs. But they represent
72% of applicant pools for senior jobs.
Female representation in tech job applicant pools is highest for junior
jobs. It drops for mid-level jobs and then drops again for senior-level
For most software engineering jobs,
according to Datapeople, female
representation in applicant pools drops
25% between junior and mid-level jobs
(four to 10 years of experience).
For ERP, UI/UX design, and
cross-functional jobs, female
representation drops at the senior
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