The Gender Pay Gap in the ICT Labour Market: Comparative Experiences from the UK and New Zealand
14 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2012
Date Written: July 2012
This paper addresses the issues surrounding gender pay gaps focusing on the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector of the labour market. Reporting on research conducted in the UK and New Zealand (NZ) we adopted a mixed method approach using comparable qualitative and quantitative research techniques to investigate pay issues amongst women working in ICT in the UK and NZ. Our findings reveal commonalities of experience and some interesting differences. Unlike with the UK sample, for example, in NZ women working in ICT do not believe that their pay reflects their workload, skills and their position within their own organisation. Our study found that non‐transparent pay and reward systems and salary secrets exacerbate inequality and discrimination in the UK and NZ. The paper concludes by offering some policy directions to encourage a narrowing of the gender pay gap and reflects on the benefits of doing cross‐national research.
Keywords: gender pay gap, ICT labour market, equal pay, salary secrets, job evaluation, discrimination, mixed methods, cross‐national research
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