Are Women Not Asking or Are They Getting Offered Less?
I have previously written about why women don't negotiate their salaries or other items that could help their career growth and about the various reasons for the gender pay gap.
We now know that things aren't as simple as that and that bias also plays a role in how women's actions and outcomes are perceived and the opportunities they end up receiving. For example, tech jobs website, Hired.com published its The State of Gender Inequality in the Workplace 2018 report findings. Some of the highlights:
63% of the time, men are offered higher salaries than women for the same role at the same company. On average, these companies offer women 4% less than men for the same role, with some offering women up to 45% less.
66% of the time, women are asking for less money — 6% less on average — than men for the same role at the same company but this varied across age groups.
In an additional survey of 1200 candidates, more than half (54%) of women reported they had found out they were paid less than a peer of another gender in their same role — compared to 19% of men who reported the same experience throughout their careers.
The report, which is based on an analysis of 420,000 interview requests and job offers facilitated through a total marketplace of 10,000 participating companies and more than 98,000 job seekers also highlights disparities in salary expectations based on gender, age and race.
Images source: Hired.com
If you are a hiring manager and/ or your company is worried about perpetuating a wage gap between your male and female employees, you might want to start keeping track of these kinds of metrics and focusing on the roles, ages, and cultural groups that may suffer the biggest gaps.
If you are interviewing for a role, make sure to do your homework and collect insights from both men and women in your network.