“Significant decrease” in tech firms sending interview requests exclusively to male candidates



Improvements for underrepresented tech talent were made last year, but access to opportunity and discrepancies in salaries persist, finds a report from Hired.

One in three (36.7%) companies hiring for tech roles last year sent interview requests to only male candidates, a decrease from 2020, according to a report from job marketplace Hired.

According to the annual State of Wage Inequality in the Tech Industry: Hired’s 2022 Impact Report, there has been a “significant decrease” in the percentage of positions sending interview requests solely to male candidates in the past year – in 2020 this figure was reported at 42.4%.

“This is progress, but means nearly 40% of roles are not requesting interviews with female candidates at all,” the report notes.

“Even though employers are more likely now than ever to consider women during the hiring process and give equitable salary offers, women are still underrepresented overall and less likely to receive an interview compared to men, ” said Josh Brenner, CEO at Hired, in the report.

The number of positions offering a lower salary on average to women in 2021 decreased from 66.4% in 2019 to 63.2% in 2020 and 61.8% in 2021.

London worst place for tech gender gap

In the US, UK and Canada the gender wage gap for DevOps roles was found to be 5%, according to the report.

In the US, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco/Bay Area and Boston had the narrowest wage gaps in 2021 – women were offered $0.95 for each $1 offered to men.

The worst cities for women were revealed as New York ($0.93), Toronto (CAD $0.92) and London (£0.91).

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Josh Brenner, CEO of Hired.

In a statement, Brenner said: “It’s been an ever-shifting and evolving hiring landscape for employers and job seekers over the last few years – from companies competing and sourcing for talent at a record pace, to the current state of macroeconomic uncertainty driving more measured hiring.”

“This report shows that there is still work to be done in ensuring equitable hiring processes to narrow wage and expectation gaps, and companies must prioritize this effort. Post-Great Resignation, companies that are successful in identifying non-traditional talent, while also ensuring diversity and representation in their candidate pipelines, will be better positioned to drive their businesses forward in a time.”

Companies also continued to increase their interview requests to diverse candidates during 2021, the report notes. Interview requests to only white jobseekers decreased from 23.2% to 14.8%.

Hired created its report from data acquired between January 2018 and December 2021 using over 819,000 interview requests from their AI-driven platform, covering 3,900 companies and 120,000 job seekers in the US, UK and Canada.

It based its definitions for hiring biases on the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) diversity in tech report. According to the EEOC’s report, 36% of the tech workforce are women versus 48% in the private sector as a whole.




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