Gender wage gap in IT boils down to skills

According to Katie Bardaro, the lead economist for Payscale, the wage gap is not the real problem. Instead, the true issue is the skills and job gap.

Differences in pay based on gender is still a very real issue in the world. It is not the problem it once was, but it is impossible to deny that it still exists.

Payscale released a new report that explores the payment gap between male and female employees across all sectors. Most believe it is just the problem that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, but the issue is much more complicated, and perhaps not as bleak.

"To the average person, it does look like there's a large wage gap. But if you take into account other pieces of the puzzle—education, experience, job title and industry, for example—it's not quite as dramatic as it's currently reported," Katie Bardaro, the lead economist for Payscale, said in the report.

While speaking with CIO.com about this issue in the IT channel, an interesting trend emerged. Bardaro said that the wage gap is not the real problem. Instead, the true issue is the skills and job gap. This can be seen in the part of the survey that looked at 150 tech-specific job titles and found that when data was controlled for factors like education, experience and job responsibilities, the difference isn't significant, especially in the technology field.

This idea is backed by a 2013 Dice salary survey which found that men and women gravitate toward different IT roles. In the top five positions for each gender, only project manager appears on both lists. While it seems the IT industry has successfully identified the problem, it will take some time before it is able to actually answer it.