U.S. ushers in “Equal Pay Day” but gender pay gap in science and technology may widen

The U.S. celebrates “Equal Pay Day” on Tuesday, according tomedia CNET, but research suggests the gender pay gap in technology is likely to widen. According to a report released Tuesday by Hired, a technology recruitment platform, men in the same position in the same company earn more than women in 63 percent of cases, up 3 percentage points from last year.

Using data from 470,000 interview requests and job opportunities provided by the platform, Hired also found that men were 7 percent more likely to get a raise than women. In the United States, Equal Pay Day is an annual marker of how long women must work in the new year to earn the same income as men in the previous year. For women of color, the day will even be later this year.

The hiring report comes at a time when technology companies are under increasing scrutiny for everything from lack of diversity to gender discrimination and workplace harassment. Some technology companies have been trying to correct their pay gaps – Salesforce, Apple, Intel and PayPal all say they have reached pay equity. One of the reasons for this imbalance (other than other factors such as discrimination and impostor syndrome) is the so-called “expectation gap”, Hired notes in the report.

“The expected salary of any candidate for a given position is closely related to the salary that prospective employers ultimately offer them,” Hired CHIEF Executive Mehul Patel said in a statement. Our data show that male candidates expect more income, and our report shows that they are expecting their expected pay. The idea is that when applying for the same job at the same company, 65 per cent of the cases were offered lower than men’s.

The report also addressed the issue of pay transparency as a way to close the expected gap. Sixty-eight percent of women said they would prefer to work for a company that openly shares pay. Meanwhile, 74 percent of men and women cited in the report said the responsibility for closing the gender pay gap lay with the company’s leadership.