Enhancing Understanding and Addressing Gender Bias Init/Se Job Advertisements

39 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2022

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Tanjila Kanij

Monash University

John Grundy

Monash University

Jennifer McIntosh

Monash University

Chris Liu

Monash University

Thiruvarangan Inthiralingam

Monash University

Abstract

Context:. The majority of Information Technology (IT)/Software Engineering(SE) professionals are male. A potential reason for the low number of femaleIT/SE professionals could be that the roles and the way they are advertised arebiased towards male candidates.Objective:. The aim of this research is to collect information on present stateof practice of gender inclusiveness within IT/SE job advertisements and how, ifneeded, we might improve this.Method:. We conducted a survey of hiring managers and professionals (eitherprofessionals who are employed in IT/SE roles or candidates who are lookingfor IT/SE jobs). The survey collected their general view on gender bias withinIT/SE job advertisements as well as specific view on some sample job advertise-ments.Results:. We found that IT/SE job advertisements are often biased towards aparticular gender. Based on the review and suggestion of our participants wedeveloped a checklist to help hiring managers to design more gender inclusiveIT/SE job advertisements.Conclusion:. IT/SE job advertisements are sometimes biased towards male can-didates. Our proposed checklist can be helpful in designing more gender inclu-sive IT/SE job advertisements.

Keywords: Job advertisementgender bias

Suggested Citation

Kanij, Tanjila and Grundy, John and McIntosh, Jennifer and Liu, Chris and Inthiralingam, Thiruvarangan, Enhancing Understanding and Addressing Gender Bias Init/Se Job Advertisements. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4033077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4033077

Tanjila Kanij (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

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John Grundy

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, 3800
Australia

Jennifer McIntosh

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, 3800
Australia

Chris Liu

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, 3800
Australia

Thiruvarangan Inthiralingam

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, 3800
Australia

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