In honor of Equal Pay Day, PayScale will do its first ever Reddit AMA today, April 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank and Managing Editor Aubrey Bach will answer all of your questions about how women in tech can negotiate the salary they deserve.
(Photo: Lydia Frank and Aubrey Bach/PayScale)
Women who work for tech companies face unique challenges. For starters, there aren’t enough of them – although women make up 47 percent of the workforce, only 18 percent of women earn degrees in computer science, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project.
Women hold about a quarter of tech jobs, and the largest and most coveted employers often post abysmal stats for female engineers and computer scientists. For example, at Facebook, women hold 47 percent of non-technology jobs, and only 15 percent of engineering and computer science jobs.
Furthermore, women appear to be leaving the technology sector in droves, thanks to issues like lack of maternity leave and social bias against mothers, culturally condoned sexism, and outright sexual harassment.
But even women in tech who love their jobs and their employers can find it hard to advocate for themselves when it comes to salary. Women are more likely to report feeling uncomfortable negotiating salary, and also more likely to be perceived negatively when they do. Salary negotiation, for anyone, is a tricky subject, requiring the negotiator to walk a fine line between assertiveness and aggression, and necessitating plenty of research ahead of time.
Join PayScale today, Tuesday, April 14, at 10 a.m. PST to learn how to get the salary you deserve. Participating is easy. At the designated time, log into Reddit, go to the AMA subreddit and look for the thread titled We are data geeks from PayScale.com who love to talk salary negotiation. We’re also two women working in the tech industry … AMA. We hope to see you there!
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