The argument that women are being paid less than men for equal work has been happening for some time in the corporate landscape. While it is nowhere near as prevalent as it was several years ago, it still does exist, especially in fields that are typically dominated by men. One of those areas has always been the IT realm, but according to a new study, the salary gap in tech is gone.
This week, Dice released its 2013-2012 Salary Survey. The report found that since 2009, the average salaries for male and female technology professionals have been equivalent as long as you're comparing equal levels of experience, education and parallel job titles.
The study did find that on average, men did earn more than women – $95,929 compared to $87,527. However, this is the case because the two groups tend to hold different positions. The reasons for this difference are unclear.
The skills gap has helped to close the distance between salaries. As more companies are becoming more desperate to find the right talent, the only thing IT Principals care about is what an applicant can do.
"When it comes to technology employment, it's a skills-driven marketplace," Tom Silver, a senior vice president with Dice, told the news source. "The ability to apply that know-how to a given problem remains the core of employment – why tech professionals get hired and how they are compensated."
In the end, it is all about being able to meet the challenges of the IT channel and decision-makers don't care if you are a male or female – as long as you have the skills.