Women currently make up 59% of the US labor force, however men outnumber women in tech 7 to 3. This is further baffling when adding the wage gap to the equation. Women in the U.S. still make 83 cents to the dollar doing the same job as their male counterparts. We think these statistics are unacceptable and we're on a mission to change them.
As a global nonprofit, Women Who Code works with companies that are actively supporting initiatives to drive this industry change. Hired is one of these companies. Hired built a marketplace that brings together highly qualified tech and sales talent with the companies who want to hire them. Users on the Hired platform receive objective guidance throughout the interview process from a dedicated Talent Advocate, as well as the ability to compare new opportunities side by side so they can make their next career move with confidence. Companies want the best female engineers, product managers, designers and data scientists and Hired is becoming the de facto place to find them.
The team at Hired was kind enough to share some of their data with us to help us better understand patterns across women who are looking for jobs in tech. The following numbers are drawn from individuals based in San Francisco who are using Hired to find new job opportunities.
The Application (and thus Gender) Gap Eighty-seven percent of software engineers on the Hired platform in SF are male - higher than the industry average of about 70%. Notably, the women who are on Hired’s platform receive 10% more interview requests from companies than their male counterparts.
Takeaway: Talented engineers, apply already! We need you in high demand tech roles and so does the industry.
The Knowledge (and thus Wage) Gap
Female software engineers are setting their preferred salary approximately 10% less than male software engineers. When women continue to lowball their preferred salaries, the wage gap is perpetuated. That’s why I believe that partnering with Hired is an important step towards parity in the marketplace. They team up every candidate with a Talent Advocate who helps them to guide salary discussions, based on skills and experience. The result: there’s a significant increase in women’s preferred salaries, which are being met if not exceeded, by employers.
Takeaway: Know your worth. You may be more valuable than you know.
Here’s what some Women Who Code Members are saying about working with Hired:
“The personalized support I got from Hired was phenomenal. My Talent Advocate coached me on how to best showcase my talents, and really helped me understand my value in the market. I ended up receiving a lot of interest from companies for roles that far exceeded my expectations." - Sarah. Twitter: @sarahjanehong
Through Hired, I was able to get introduced to a large number of startups in a short period of time. It was especially useful for finding out about and then getting introduced to companies I might not have discovered or applied to otherwise." - Shreeya. Twitter: @dilettante273
“I used Hired to find a job where I could tackle deep UX problems at a company I'm passionate about. It’s been over a year since I accepted my offer and I couldn’t be happier!” - Sabrina
"As I sought new career opportunities, I knew I wanted to be at a company where I found my work challenging and meaningful. Thanks to Hired, I'm happy to say I accepted an offer that will push me to become a better developer." - Audrey. Twitter: @audreykubetin
If you’re interested in exploring new opportunities, check Hired out today; www.hired.com/womenwhocode