The Political Economy: Is using a computer at work associated with a higher pay?

It’s real, it exists, it’s getting direr.

Achievements of women in technology are often clouded by a discussion of sexism. Whilst female technologists are on the rise, this has diminished the stereotype of females.

Should we blame cultural equality for the result of gender inequality is still seen in today’s world? Who is to blame? Since the rise in feminist groups for the right of women’s mind-the-gaprights whether that be in schools, employment across development countries, developed countries, and in those countries whom are focused on improving the lives of women. Sex Segregation, the division of labor based on gender, has existed from the beginning of human history (Journal of Business, 2010).

So let us answer the question. When will you earn the same amount as your spouse? Average pay for men is greater than that for women.  The gap narrowed to 9.4% for full-time employees in 2015 – the lowest since records began in 1997, although the gap has changed relatively little in recent years.  The gap for all employees remained unchanged at 19.2%. (ONS 2016). The Equal pay act 1970 granted that it is illegal to value women’s salary less than men’s for the same role. But we still see this today which is striking.

 It is dependant on your job. Some industries tend to pay a higher salary than other industries. Doctors, lawyers, bankers, tend to be on higher salaries than teachers, charity workers or nurses. Simply because they seem to have a more ‘direct’ influence to the economy. This idea is alarming.

Although, will the year come whereby women will be able to attain such positions within companies or professions whereby they are not discriminated within the workplace just because of their gender. Surely this is a tale of the past?

However, some may argue that this is a myth. And they’re right there is some sort of myth and bias pointed towards this. Surprisingly, even men are discriminated against within the field of employment. But we must understand that: not everyone will be fit for a role, all roles require certain attributes, skills and experience.

So, how are we to find a solution for this? It is not a good sign to have a class of more than 100 students, and only 2 of whom are women. Investments in education through STEM subject (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has been number one priority in terms of having women equal to men in the field of technology. But are women built for roles in the engineering field for instance some may say? They are seen to be less tech-savvy than their male counterparts and this can be dated back to history.

Having that said, if a gap exists I anything it should be down to merit rather than if you are naturally built for the industry. It is of doubt that we believe there is an inherit problem with a gender gap ultimately. It is just that there is a problem of stereotypes.

 Then again, as bad as the gender gaps may be, shouldn’t companies be investing and striving towards making their companies more equal in terms of gender gaps? Absolutely. Don’t we all want equality? Although we ought to be careful: equality doesn’t always seem to solve the problems. This means that people do fixate and focus on one area within the employment industry – that could be seen to be work experience and disregard the equality act in employment. In order for this to change we must change the views of society. We have seen the rise in neo-liberalism and this allows space in the economy for new change and merit is highly rewarded.

In this current day, we also need equity; meaning we have to justify the needs to meet each person’s circumstances as we all have different unique differences so we must tailor the improvements towards this. For software developers, the attitude seems to be that development just isn’t women’s work because women just aren’t as computer savvy, which is just plain false.

Within the industry a lot of women are shunted out of development and into ancillary service. Companies are going to have to make working environments especially in technology more women friendly – this focus on development will show that there are more highly-skilled women than you actually think. This change will happen in due course if we continue to invest in making more developments to balance this inequality.

Writer: Patrick Ngombo

Bibliography and Further Reading:

“Gender | Data”. Data.worldbank.org. N.p., 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

“Gender And IMF, Gender In The Workforce”. Imf.org. N.p., 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

Sandberg, Sheryl. “Sheryl Sandberg: Women Are Leaning In—But They Face Pushback”. WSJ. N.p., 2016. Web. 2 Dec. 2016.

“What Is The Gender Pay Gap? | Visual.ONS”. Visual.ons.gov.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

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