Study: More Than Half of Women Say Their Gender is Limiting Their Tech Careers

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The study suggests one of the biggest barriers for women in tech is a lack of promotion opportunities.

52% of women in the tech industry believe their gender limits their career progression, according to a study released in February.

The study polled 363 women working in technology, an industry where men make up about two-thirds of the total workforce. The study indicates about one in five women said they were thinking about leaving their current positions, and respondents cited numerous career barriers hindering potential advancement.

A lack of promotion opportunities was cited as a career barrier by 38% of women, followed by lack of confidence (35%), lack of relatable senior role model or senior sponsorship (33%), difficulty balancing work and other responsibilities (31%) and sexism or gender bias (29%).

The study also examined women’s motivations for pursuing careers in technology. Of those surveyed, the most commonly cited motivator was salary (84%), a supportive manager (83%) and inclusive culture (76%).  

The study was conducted by Ipsos and Tech Talent Charter on behalf of the organization WeAreTechWomen.

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