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New Research: The Hiring Gender Gap Is Bigger for Senior Tech Jobs

According to research firm Datapeople, the hiring gender gap is wider for senior tech jobs than it is for junior or mid-level tech jobs.

It’s no secret that women in tech face obstacles, given that it’s a historically male-dominated industry. Pay inequality (that gets exacerbated any time a woman leaves the workforce) is one. But getting through the door is another, illustrated by low female representation in tech applicant pools.

New research from Datapeople shows that applicant pools for tech jobs at the highest levels have diminished female representation. And while employers have worked to improve the representation of women in tech, applicant pools are still predominantly male.

Datapeople’s science team recently analyzed job listings data from over 10,000 U.S.-based employers and found that men account for 67% of applicants to tech jobs. Women aren’t represented proportionally in tech applicant pools, despite earning over half of all degrees in science, tech, engineering, and math. Software engineering pools, for example, have a mere 19% female representation. Meanwhile, information technology and technology infrastructure have even smaller percentages.

Datapeople found that applicant pools for cross-functional jobs like product management, project management, and data tend to have the highest female representation (about 63%). Also, pools for user interface/user experience (UI/UX) design, quality assurance (QA), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) have higher female representation (about 38%).

According to Datapeople, men represent about 65% of applicant pools for junior jobs (typically requiring fewer than four years of experience). But they represent 72% of applicant pools for senior jobs (typically requiring more than 10 years of experience). Female representation in tech job applicant pools is highest for junior jobs. It drops for mid-level jobs and then drops again for senior-level jobs.

For most software engineering jobs, according to Datapeople, female representation in applicant pools drops 25% between junior and mid-level jobs (four to 10 years of experience). For ERP, UI/UX design, and cross-functional jobs, female representation drops at the senior level.

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