The pay gap between men and women in UK tech roles is narrowing - slightly - but men are still being paid £3,000 a year more on average, even when they carry out the same roles.
So says the UK Tech Workplace Equality Report, conducted by recruitment site Hired, which analysed salary data from 30,000 interview requests and job offers made to over 5,100 UK candidates, as well as a survey of 1,329 UK tech workers.
It found that while the tech gender pay gap has been reduced from 5% last year to 4% this year, the UK has still has a larger pay gap than the US industry, on 3%.
Hired says that based on average UK tech salaries, women in tech earn £63,000 compared to men who earn £66,000.
Often the gender pay gap stems from women being underrepresented in higher-paying roles, such as chief executives, but the study found that 61% of the time men are offered higher salaries than women for the same role at the same company.
And despite recent improvements, just 18% of the tech workforce is female, with 66% of workers being white. Just 3% are black, 6% mixed race and 17% Asian.
The report also found that a third of LGBTQ+ workers believe there is a wage gap between them and heterosexual people in tech.
A third of those that identified as being neurodiverse – having neurological differences such as dyslexia or autism – said that they have suffered discrimination at work, with only half saying they feel their needs are adequately supported in the workplace.
Hired Europe general manager Gordon Smith said: “As a company that works closely with UK tech businesses, we know how hard many of these companies are working to tackle inequity and discrimination in the workplace.
“Our study sheds a light on the issue by showcasing that the overall landscape is in need of progress as the gender pay gap and discrimination against all minorities remains an issue that urgently needs to be solved.
“Our hope is that the UK tech industry is able to use our data to spark positive change and that companies continue to stay committed towards creating impactful change.”