Women in Canadian tech jobs earn $20K less than men, study says


Women in Canadian tech jobs, with a bachelor’s degree or higher, earn nearly $20,000 less a year than their male counterparts, and that pay gap can be just as stark for visible minority and Indigenous tech workers, a new study says.The Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, housed within Ryerson University in Toronto, crunched 2016 Statistics Canada census data with methodology based on the U.S. ONet system for skills breakdowns.Story continues below

READ MORE: The gender pay gap is not a myth. Here are 6 common claims debunkedIt found a $19,750 pay gap between female and male workers with a Bachelor’s degree or higher, with women averaging $75,500 a year, compared with $95,100 for men.“These numbers pop out at you,” said Sean Mullin, the Brookfield Institute’s executive director.“An almost $20,000 gap between men and women with a bachelor’s degree in the same profession in 2016, is still a pretty significant thing and we as citizens, should aspire to be better than that and to fix those types of disparities.”The report defines tech workers as people either producing or making extensive use of technology, regardless of industry.WATCH: Rise of tech-based jobs mean ‘old-fashioned’ jobs are back in demand across Canada

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