By Sinazo Mkoko
According to Women inTech – an organisation aimed to showcase the diverse and talented women working in ICT in South Africa and raise awareness on addressing the gender gap in the technology sector, women occupy only 23% of tech jobs in the country.
This shows that the tech industry, while advanced in innovations, is still lagging behind when it comes to gender equity. The 2023 State of the South Africa Software Developer Nation report released by OfferZen last week proves this.
According to the latest report, the country’s tech gender gap has widened in the past year. “Last year, the gender pay gap started at 6.4% amongst entry-level developers which is now sitting at 13.2%. This widens to as much as 25.7% for senior developers compared to 16.3% in our previous report,” the report said.
According to the report, the best salaries in South Africa are still earned by developers working with niche programming languages, while the tech gender pay gap continues to widen.
OfferZen Co-founder and CEO, Philip Joubert, said discrimination is real, but only one factor in the growing gender pay gap in tech. “Globally, the trend is moving in a positive direction, but there’s still much to be done. Local companies should reflect on their compensation and ensure that women in tech are being fairly compensated. Reducing the gender pay gap inside companies will help retain high-quality tech talent in a competitive hiring market,” he said.
The report also showed that more developers are leaving in search of better salaries, benefits and
remote opportunities. The report said more than half of developers list a better salary as their top reason for leaving a role, showing a 9.9% increase from 2022. “When it comes to benefits, 1 in 5 are looking for better benefits, up from 16.6% in 2022.
“But money is not the only factor that matters. Companies that offer remote have a better chance of retaining their best team members. The share of developers leaving due to a lack of remote work options has increased by 16.1% since our last report. Remote opportunities are especially important to senior developers who remain in high demand and get to take their pick among jobs,” the report stated.
“In 2023, I believe we’ll see more and more businesses switch their focus from rapid growth to capital-efficient growth, which means hiring the right talent to help drive profitability is just as important as retaining your strongest existing team members.
“And this year’s data shows that offering a good work-life balance, competitive benefits, and fair salaries are key pillars to hiring, and retaining, South Africa’s developers,” said Phillip.
You can access the full report here