How Data Can Make the Workforce More Equal

Written By Alla Levin
January 29, 2020

How Data Can Make the Workforce More Equal

Data Workforce: there’s no denying that there have been many giant leaps forward when it comes to making the world a more equal place.

But it’s also true that there is still a long way to go. While the gender pay gap has shrunk, the data shows that there is still a 32% average pay gap. But the question is: how do you get there?

There have been concentrated efforts to improve things in recent years, but it still hasn’t been enough. One of the issues could be unconscious biases.

Without fully meaning to, the world of work is geared towards men to succeed, and women to come in second.

How so? Recruiters are more likely to view the profiles of men more than women, which obviously gives an unfair advantage to males.

And then there’s the matter of how men and women view themselves: women apply for fewer jobs than men, and also tend to believe that they must meet every job requirement before applying.

Men believe that they only need to meet 60% of the criteria. One such way to overcome this issue is to use data and technology to make the hiring process more equal.

If we can overcome this issue through the use of technology, then the world will be in a much healthier place. An equal workforce benefits everyone, not just women.

To learn more about the gender pay gap, and how big data can be used to overcome the problem, check out the infographic from the University of Maryland below.

Infographic by University of Maryland University of Maryland

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