12 May 2014
Women don't always recognise the need to ask for salary increase and rarely ask for a better package when offered a job according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. However, men are generally often very good at this and it can lead to unwitting or unnoticed pay gaps which employers need to be aware of and take action to avoid, advises the Institute.
The advice features in the Institute’s top tips on gender diversity published today and developed to encourage understanding of the different ways that men and women behave at interviews and in employment situations. The tips are part of a month long Women in IT campaign which aims to encourage more women into the profession. Currently women account for between 15-18% of the profession.
The ten tips are based on best practice and understanding of gender diversity and unconscious bias which suggests that we prefer to recruit people who are like us.
Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen explains: “Research into how we make decisions shows that unconsciously we will use long held stereotypes when judging people, and when recruiting, we tend to be drawn to people who are like us. As a profession, we need to be aware of this in order to ensure that we have a profession that is diverse, makes the most of the talent pool available and reflects the diversity of our society.”
The Institute’s top tips are:
The month long campaign is part of the Institute’s aim to set the gold standard for diversity in the profession. Gillian explains: “It’s quite simple, with a diverse mix in the working population, the UK IT sector can capitalise on the promise of additional profits and innovation.”
The campaign will see some of the most influential women in IT featured on the Institute’s website each day throughout May in order to demonstrate the variety of roles that are open to young women. Those who have signed up to support the campaign include entrepreneur Cary Marsh, CEO of Mydeo, Dame Stephanie Shirley who started her own software business in 1962 because of the dearth of opportunities for women in the profession, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech and technology journalist and author Kate Russell.
The top tips can be downloaded at: www.bcs.org/diversity
Full details of the campaign can be found at: www.bcs.org/itwomen