Wage gap exists for minorities in high tech fields

Wage gap exists for minorities in high tech fields

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A recent report from the American Institute for Economic Research shows that in high technology fields Latinos, Asians, and blacks are not receiving equal pay for equal work.

According to a report from USA Today:

“That’s the finding of new research that shows Hispanics earn $16,353 a year less on average than their colleagues who are not Hispanic.

In the same high-skilled positions such as computer programmers and software developers, Asians make $8,146 less than whites and blacks $3,656 less than whites, according to the report from the American Institute for Economic Research.

“What this tells us is that race and ethnicity matter, and they matter a lot,” said Nicole Kreisberg, the senior research analyst who conducted the research. “Simply increasing diversity is not enough. We also have to talk about money.”

The study takes into account education, occupation, age, geography, gender, citizenship status, marital status and children in the home.”

This report comes at a time when the technology sector in the United States is under increasing pressure to diversify. Reports from earlier this year show that major technology companies do not have workforces that reflect the rapidly changing demographics of the United States.

Technology workers of color are not valued as much as their white counterparts despite diversity efforts and similar qualifications.

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