Skillsoft's 2023 Women in Tech Report: Job Satisfaction Drops as Gender Imbalance Grows
Skillsoft (NYSE: SKIL), a leading platform for transformative learning experiences, today released its 2023 Women in Tech Report, which explores the top challenges and areas of opportunity for women working in the technology industry. The report highlights a growing gender imbalance, with nearly half (45%) of women technologists surveyed indicating that they are now outnumbered by men in the workplace by ratios of four-to-one or greater - a significant increase from 25% who said the same in 2021.
This reported gender disparity is even more pronounced at the executive and senior levels of leadership. Skillsoft's IT Skills and Salary research found that among technology professionals with at least 26 years of experience, 15% of men hold executive-level positions compared to just 4% of women. Meanwhile, 30% of female technologists are reporting dissatisfaction with their current growth potential and 36% are considering leaving their jobs due to a lack of equity in opportunities.
Despite these obstacles, career growth remains a top priority for female technologists. 92% said professional development and training is an extremely or very important benefit, and when asked about ways employers can better support them, the top three responses were by providing professional development and training, more coaching, mentoring, and career counseling, and equitable pay, respectively. Additionally, femal technologists are actively seeking opportunities to build leadership skills and move into senior roles. More than a third (34%) have earned certifications in leadership and management over the past year, up from 27% in 2021. Leadership and management is also respondents' top skill area of interest (41%), jumping from the number four spot in 2021.
"Despite the efforts of organizations to make diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace a greater priority, our research shows that the gender gap remains quite wide and significant work is needed to achieve true parity at all levels," said Orla Daly, Chief Information Officer, Skillsoft. "Women in technology are calling for more opportunities to advance their careers via leadership development, technical training, coaching, and mentorship. Meanwhile, organizations are facing a critical need for technology and leadership competencies. This presents a mutual growth opportunity that helps organizations thrive and empowers women to increase their impact by filling these critical gaps."
Additional highlights from Skillsoft's 2023 Women in Tech Report include:
Job satisfaction rates are declining, which poses a risk for retention.
Training should be topical and timely for both employees and organizations.
Benefits that support women inside and out of the workplace are impactful.
Download Skillsoft's 2023 Women in Tech Report for additional survey findings and insights for organizations to support and empower female technologists.
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