The State of Diversity in Tech

In Dice’s second annual Equality in Tech Report, the data makes it clear that the tech industry still has lots of work to do when it comes to reducing discrimination, closing wage gaps, increasing technologists’ satisfaction with their careers and jobs, and prioritizing DEI. We’ve included the key takeaways from this year’s edition below.

Key Takeaways

Underrepresented groups more likely to change employers

In the current demand environment, it’s far from surprising that three in ten technologists are still considering changing employers in the next year. The most notable finding here is that 70% of technologists who identify as women indicated they are considering changing employers in the next year for better compensation (in line with the reasons for changing employers indicated by men and all racial groups surveyed) and remote work at a higher rate (34%) than any other group except Hispanic/Latino(a) (38%). This year’s data underscores the importance of offering remote and flexible work schedules to women and Hispanic/Latino(a) technologists that could help improve career/job satisfaction as well as ease burnout. Organizations, recruiters and managers who understand these needs and can adjust accordingly stand a better chance of attracting and retaining technologists in both groups.

DEI commitments, reputation and tangible progress matter more than ever

The importance of an organization’s reputation regarding DEI went up year-over-year for all groups, as did the importance of their company’s commitment to DEI and resulting programs and progress. However, less than half of technologists surveyed have been impressed with action to date in their current companies. This gap signals how much work is left to be done. Though companies are making an effort, and we’re seeing small changes in DEI-related statistics year-over-year, we must persevere and commit to a more equitable and inclusive future.