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IT Salaries: 8 Cold Hard Facts
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Zman7
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5/21/2014 | 2:59:49 AM
Re: "Gender Gap"?
IMO, the "Gender Gap" conclusion is suspect.  It's not evident in any IT organization I've ever worked in...there were also great deal of women in supervisory positions which are the higher salaried positions.  I couldn't find any information on how the "gap" was measured.

My suspicions are around the data manipulation.  Were employee salaries just collected and analyzed based on gender?  If so, of course women will have lower salaries because many people still believe that children need to be raised by their own parents.  This results traditionally and practically in the mother taking time off to 1) give birth to the kids and 2) often raising the children until they are of school age.  This time out of the work force means that at any particular age, many women have less experience than men equal to their age.  There's nothing wrong with it - *someone* has to do the right thing with children and it's usually the mother. If men had the babies, we'd be seeing the same statistics in reverse.

In my experience, women who have the exact same background, skills, experience and competency get the exact same pay as men - especially in high tech fields.

Finally, it is interesting to note that women who have decided to take the career route and forego children resent the actions of women who take time off work to run the kids to soccer, stay home when the kids are sick or take them to the doctor, etc. These mothers who put in less work for the company, expect to progress through the ranks at the same rate as the other women who cover for them when they are not working, and are often surprised by the attitudes of the career women. 
Charlie Babcock
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5/20/2014 | 9:06:03 PM
No training, no new skills?
The fact that only 15% of IT managers emphasize training tells me something I have always suspected: it is extremely hard to be a generalist in IT. Once you're identified with a skill, you may be typecast, even though you yearn to break out, try other things. Or perhaps training in IT comes via on the job experience. If you dare to try it and can succeed, you're in.
PaulS681
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5/20/2014 | 6:56:09 PM
Re: Suprising how few desire training

I was going to ask what area's where the respondents from. If they are mostly from the east coast then isn't this survey a bit skewed? Thats almost like asking how much you spend on heating fuel but only asking people in Florida.

PaulS681
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5/20/2014 | 6:49:38 PM
Re: Suprising how few desire training
I am also surprised at the training numbers, or lack there of. It is one industry where you need to stay on top of technology. The only way I know how to do that is training.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/20/2014 | 5:28:38 PM
Re: Suprising how few desire training
Many East Coast respondents; we know those salaries on the coasts can be higher. Anyone else reading these numbers and thinking it is time to look for greener pastures?
builder7
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5/20/2014 | 5:05:05 PM
Re: Suprising how few desire training
I don't know where these figures came from but they are not where I am at.  IT people are lucky to make $50000 here and that is for people that are doing complex jobs.  I suppose the wages are much higher on either coast but I would really like to know where these stats were gathered and how many people were interviewed to get them.  These sound more like hype than truth!
Brian.Dean
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5/20/2014 | 3:52:44 PM
Re: "Gender Gap"?
And the average GDP per capita gap for IT professionals is also growing. In the US GDP per capita is around $50,000, however, these salaries are in the +$100,000 range -- this suggests that overall there is a shortage in the number of IT professionals. 
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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5/20/2014 | 3:36:23 PM
Re: Suprising how few desire training
Agreed, and not just in IT, I feel that every professional needs to constantly strive to upgrade their skill set. In a service economy it could be imagined that a professional completed their 16 years of education and are good to go for life. But not anymore, because in an information economy right change very rapidly. 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/20/2014 | 1:36:15 PM
Re: "Gender Gap"?
The gender gap in pay exists across many industries in the US for several reasons, but there is one factor that women themselves can change. Study after study shows that men ask for higher salaries in the first place, then ask for raises more often. Women also take longer than men to reach for the next rung on the career ladder. CIOs like Wal-Mart's Karenann Terrell will tell you that they are trying to mentor women in their IT organizations to fight these instincts. See her advice, here.
JIMPRO
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5/20/2014 | 1:10:15 PM
"Gender Gap"?
Taken to its logical conclusion, if the so-called gender gap was such a pervasive issue, it would make no sense to hire any men. ever. Hiring only women would minimize labor cost and maximize profits. Why don't we see this across all industries? This ongoing mindset would presume that men are unemployable!
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