In Israel, Women’s High Tech Status Improves In 2016

By Idan Rabi
Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The proportion of women programmers in the industry in Israel is currently 22%, but the trend is encouraging, with the figures showing a consistent increase in the proportion.

Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

Israeli high tech is still almost completely dominated by men. The proportion of women entrepreneurs, those founding and/or managing startups, is estimated at a mere 10%. Figures compiled by the Ethosia research company for women in 2016 show a minor improvement.

The proportion of women programmers in the industry in Israel is currently 22%, but the trend is encouraging, with the figures showing a consistent increase in the proportion. The proportion of women engineers, which was only 13% among those born in the 1950s, more than tripled to 37% among those born in the 1990s. An examination of the average salary shows discrimination against women in every position.

Ethosia focused on workers with 5-8 years of experience in a variety of jobs. At the end of 2016, the average monthly salary of women working in development for mobile communications was NIS 22,100, compared with a NIS 24,700 average for men. The proportions of men and women working in mobile development were 60% and 40%, respectively.

Women are significantly under-represented, especially in senior positions. According to Ethosia’s figures, only 15% of managers are women; the rest are men. Wage differentials are also present in these positions; women managers earn an average of NIS 39,300 per month, compared with NIS 43,800 for men.

Salary differentials are still present even in areas in which the number of women is almost equal to the number of men. 49% of marketing managers are women, but their monthly salaries average NIS 21,900, compared with NIS 27,600 for men in the same positions. Women account for 48% of software testing employees, but their monthly salaries average NIS 17,900, compared with NIS 18,400 for men.

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