Humi’s 2020 Canadian HR Benchmark Report shed light on a topic that unfortunately still remains an issue: gender diversity in the workplace.
Indeed, women in Canada’s tech industries are mainly underrepresented as they only account for 30% of the nation’s technology workforce. Although there is a slight increase since last year, it remains a low percentage.
Moreover, the report states there are very few women in leadership or managerial positions. Only 21% of Canadian organizations have women in C-suite positions, yet when there’s at least one woman on the C-suite team, there is an important increase of women in the team. This shows that gender representation is vital and will empower and encourage women to pursue tech careers and as a result, will be more employed.
Besides, the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on businesses in the past few months. This affected a lot of employees especially concerning their employment and salary. The report shows that more men than women were laid off in 2020. However, with men being more represented in companies, this is probably the main reason for this data. When it comes to salary, there is still a rather important difference and women’s salary remains very low compared to men’s.
The report clearly shows that employers need to make some changes in the workplace, so it supports a balanced workforce, especially at times like this. There is still a lot of work to do to reach a more equal representation in the tech industry.