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.
Race and gender discrimination remain an issue in tech
Between 2020 and 2021, we saw little change in sentiment around discrimination for gender or racial groups. Perception of racial discrimination actually increased for both Black technologist respondents (57%, up from 55% in 2020) and technologists who identify as women (at double the rate of technologists who identify as men). Perception of a lack of leadership opportunities was again a common cause of discrimination, along with salary and benefit inequities.
No movement on perception of wage inequality
The wage gap also remains an issue for racial and gender groups, more drastically for the former. Overall, nearly half (48%) of technologists feel they are not fairly compensated compared to others in the same occupation with their same skill set. That number grows to more than half when we break down the sample by racial groups, except for White technologists (45%). The disparity between racial groups is notable, and compensation continues to be a hot topic in tech.
Career satisfaction outpaces job satisfaction
While satisfaction with overall careers improved slightly year-over-year, tightening the disparity between racial groups, there is still slightly higher dissatisfaction among Black and Hispanic/Latino(a) technologists with their current job. Meanwhile, technologists who identify as women still lag behind technologists who identify as men in satisfaction with both their career and current job. On a more positive note, satisfaction with their manager remains high among racial and gender groups which implies trust and respect – priming the industry for DEI policies and change to take hold.
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.