Women in technology in Mexico
In Mexico, a study by Page Group indicates that the deficit of professionals in STEM careers is 33,500 professionals, this despite the fact that the country is the second in the region with the greatest digital talent and the one with the greatest trend of increase, since which went from 180,509 graduates in 2016 to 219,322 in 2019, an increase of 21.5%.
And if the magnifying glass is placed on the areas of technology, according to a study by the Project Management Institute (PMI), male project managers outnumber women by a difference of 58%. Additionally, globally, women earn around 20% less than men for work of equal value.
“In technology-related sectors, like telecommunications or IT, we are close to a ratio of 8:2. While this glaring disparity has immediate negative implications for project teams—88% of project professionals say having diverse teams increases value—it may also be the key to resolving an ongoing crisis for organizations,” he noted. Caroline Latorre, social impact leader at PMI.
Despite the fact that there is a lack of talent and that the demand for technology profiles grew by 60% as a result of the pandemic, opportunities for these female profiles remain scarce, with a total of 19.7% of STEM positions held by women. in the country.
Fewer women in technology and also with a salary gap
In addition to having less occupation, in some companies there is a relevant salary gap, according to PMI. In the case of Brazil, the salary difference reaches 17%, which places it in fourth place in the ranking, which includes 18 countries. In first place is Colombia, where inequality of values reaches 24% of the cases. Mexico (23%, in second place) and Peru (16% in sixth place) are close in the table.
In other words, the Latin American market is one of the most unequal in terms of gender.
“Despite the fact that there is less female presence in the project management workforce, women report using agile methods and hybrid approaches more frequently than men and are more likely to work for organizations that apply them,” PMI notes. .