Enhancing Understanding and Addressing Gender Bias Init/Se Job Advertisements
39 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2022
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
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